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 #468  by Guest
 Tue Jul 13, 2004 7:10 am
This is a great site?I?m just getting into the Dead big time lately, and Touch of Grey is a great song. I?ve having a problem w/ figuring out what key it?s in though. The verse has E A B and F#. That doesn?t look like any major key?is it in a minor key?

I guess I?d like to know what key it?s in and what scales I could use to solo on it.

 #3341  by Bobbieshaftoe
 Sun Feb 05, 2006 10:24 pm
I'm pretty sure its B mixolydian or E major if you prefer just accent the B.

 #3344  by strumminsix
 Mon Feb 06, 2006 8:06 am
An F# Mixo works nicely as well!

 #3367  by spilly
 Tue Feb 07, 2006 3:50 am

E being the 4th
F# being the 5th
and A being the 7th

 #3370  by strumminsix
 Tue Feb 07, 2006 9:32 am
whoops, meant F#m

 #3372  by tigerstrat
 Tue Feb 07, 2006 10:33 am
strumminsix wrote:whoops, meant F#m
It's F# maj, not minor.

Song is in B.
 #128288  by tatittle
 Wed May 22, 2013 3:45 pm
Like may Dead songs, there are spots where the key essentially least from a lead guitar perspective. In these cases, to sound like Jerry you cannot merely play the same scale melodies throughout the song. Depending on the chord and its role in the progression, Jerry changes the scales/notes he plays to accompany. He will switch from E major on an E chord, to the minor colored B Dorian over a B minor, etc... Often the scales are related in that they share the same notes (like A major and E miloxydian)...but often they do not.

The only way I have been able to develop this ability is through repetition and ear training: listening and picking out the changes in scales. It just gets too complicated and laborious to consciously keep track of the various patterns of changing scales for every chord for me at this point. Garcia seems to favor 4 or 5 scales though:

Miloxydian, Major, Dorian, Pentatonic, Minor, come to mind immediately. His versatility is like a pro jazzman, yet his phrasing and melodies are reminiscent more popular mediums. He is a true American treasure like Gershwin and Whitman...too bad he left us so soon. I was quite accomplished at the whole pentatic/major rock thing but just got bored and quit playing guitar until I put in the effort to actually learn some theory. Folks claim it isnt nec'y but it opens up my ability to create melody---just like correct grammer helps me to articulate my thoughts through sentences.