wisedyes wrote:A song's key refers to the tonal center, or what "home" is for the song.
strumminsix wrote:wisedyes wrote:A song's key refers to the tonal center, or what "home" is for the song.
Hmmm, what key would you consider "I know you rider" in?
Home certainly feels like D for that tune but all the chords fall into the key of C or G (Dmaj, C maj, Gmaj, Fmaj, Em)
I think it was Rusty who said there is a key and tonal key?! Would LOVE to find that old post...
austinhumphrey wrote:i was reading some music theory stuff and it for some reason utterly confused me. this might be a noob thing to ask but can somebody explain what a songs key is. i tried to do some more research on the subject and haven't found much that helped. basically i'm asking for a simplified version of what it means when says "this song is in the key of..." i thought i knew what it meant before but now i am just lost. thanks
wisedyes wrote:Now, see, Tennessee Jed, as I would read it, I would totally take as being firmly in the key of F - but played with a C Mixolydian emphasis. The reason you can think of C as sounding like the "home" chord is because, even though you are emphasizing C Mixolydian, the harmony itself is NOT extended to include the flatted seventh note - therefore, a resolution to F doesn't sound necessary. If you were playing it as a true dominant chord, the resolution would have to be there. But, from a strict theoretical standpoint, all the chords in T. Jed can absolutely be understood as being in an F Major key - with the exception of the C Major itself. The only other questionable chord is the G, which I take as functioning as a secondary dominant of the C (the "V of V" thing).
However, as Rusty said, try playing a straight C Major scale over Tennessee Jed - every time you hit the B natural note it will sound like nails on a chalkboard. Now play an F Major scale over it - it works fine, especially if you keep emphasizing the C. This is how you know that it's in F, even though it is meant to be played as a C Mixolydian song.
But, yes, I think this is getting away from the original question. One of the reasons the Dead aren't always a good "basic theory 101" workshop is because of their penchant for this sort of modal playing! Which, of course, is one of the things that made them awesome!
austinhumphrey wrote:i play i know you rider with open chords, could a key tell where else to play it? if not then how to you know where to play it? thanks
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