Capo


tab222
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tab222
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10/11/2011 9:33 pm
I am writing a song but i am stuck on what key it is in. If i put a capo on the third fret. What key is it in?
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ChristopherSchlegel
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ChristopherSchlegel
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10/11/2011 10:12 pm
Originally Posted by: tab222I am writing a song but i am stuck on what key it is in. If i put a capo on the third fret. What key is it in?

Three frets (or one and a half steps) higher than the original key.

These tutorials are about learning to improv. But they can also help you figure out what key you are in:

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=483
http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=491

Essentially, this comes down to figuring out all the notes in all the chords you are using. Then, put them in order to figure out what major or minor scale they form (or are closest to). That is the key signature of a piece of music: the scale it is based upon!
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