Help! I can't figure out how to pick in the right key


Josh Tatum
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06/02/2001 9:41 pm
Ok here's the problem: I know all the cords and can read and play tabs but when I play a song I don't know what frets go along with what cords so I am unable to "spice up" what I play. And another question If you know the scales let's say in the key of D could I just use those frets that are in that scale to make up a solo?
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Martin Spaans
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06/05/2001 1:03 pm
Mostly the chord what starts the song or ends it is the key.
You can start trying that.
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06/05/2001 10:10 pm

How do you know what notes to play in a certain song? . . . well, you learn the modes, and once you know all the modes you'll be able to move those patterns to whatever key you're in and play.

An alternate method of doing this is to learn the circle of fifths and the number of flats and sharps in each key. This is just another way to think of moving the modal patterns around the fret board.
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06/11/2001 5:11 pm
Where could I go to learn the modes or the circle of fifths because I have no idea what they are or where to start looking to learn this stuff.


p.s thanks for your replies.
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06/11/2001 5:37 pm

Well, you could go over to wholenote.com. I think they have a good scales/modes section.

And if you're willing to shell out a little money, get a book. I can recommend a few if you want.
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Originally Posted by: shinero87

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01/13/2019 10:17 pm

There is an excellent standard text for music theory: Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory Complete. "Complete" is the right one to buy, spiral bound with all three books of the course. You can buy it on Amazon along with the Teacher's Answer Key. It is very well done. Each chapter has a page on a point of music theory followed by exercises where you write answers. It also has ear training exercises on the included CD. It is instrument independent, but so is music theory. You can cover the course gradually. 15 minutes a day will get you to a high level in about 2 or 3 months.


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