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post Apr 17 2009, 11:38 AM
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QUOTE (Canis @ Apr 17 2009, 12:34 PM) *
Awesome list, Tolek! Maybe I'll use that one as a guideline tongue.gif

No problem. smile.gif One hint: follow your ear. That´s the best way of composing. When I start thinking theoretically, I end up with something that I´m not satisfied with. Usually, I need to hear a piece of music and get an idea. Then I HAVE to complete it during one session otherwise, I can´t complete it.
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post Apr 17 2009, 11:41 AM
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QUOTE (Canis @ Apr 17 2009, 12:34 PM) *
Awesome list, Tolek! Maybe I'll use that one as a guideline tongue.gif

+1 biggrin.gif

I can't find C# minor (or Db minor) om that list though. But the description of B minor (which is my favorite key) was spot on smile.gif


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post Apr 17 2009, 11:44 AM
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QUOTE (Marcus Lavendell @ Apr 17 2009, 12:41 PM) *
+1 biggrin.gif

I can't find C# minor (or Db minor) om that list though. But the description of B minor (which is my favorite key) was spot on smile.gif

Yeah, the list is incomplete. I don´t know why. But with certain key descriptions I have to agree as well, they´re pretty exact.
Strange thing: F# minor- A gloomy key: it tugs at passion as a dog biting a dress. Resentment and discontent are its language.
I used this key for my latest composition which is music for an RPG battle. biggrin.gif I think I won the lottery here. laugh.gif
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post Apr 17 2009, 11:46 AM
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I suppose i like G, A, D and E the most, both major and minor


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post Apr 17 2009, 01:54 PM
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QUOTE (Tolek @ Apr 17 2009, 03:38 AM) *
No problem. smile.gif One hint: follow your ear. That´s the best way of composing. When I start thinking theoretically, I end up with something that I´m not satisfied with. Usually, I need to hear a piece of music and get an idea. Then I HAVE to complete it during one session otherwise, I can´t complete it.


I agree !

I usually end up writing in A when Im just following my heart and writing lyrics and singing to what I have written.

When I try writing with the sole purpose of writing in a specific key, the end result sounds to forced.
Like Im trying to hard to make music that is not really something I would usually write.

Look at Iron Maiden, im pretty sure they were pretty comfy in E Minor , but didnt venture to far out of that key.

But they turned out ok rolleyes.gif laugh.gif


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post Apr 17 2009, 07:54 PM
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Hey smile.gif I'm quite new to this site, only 1 day since I registered.

I usually improvise in E-minor, using the pentatonic scale (with blues notes added) depending on the feel of the song, given that it TOO is in E-minor... tongue.gif Anyway, that's just when I'm jamming on my own not necessarily with a backing track or song in the background. I also use the natural minor scale for a slightly heavier tone.

However, if I have to improvise to other songs, I simply find what key it's written in, use that base-position in minor or pentatonic, and work myself around the fretboard like that. I'm still most comfortable moving around the base position/box and the two adjacent ones, but I do know the other ones so with a little reflection I can play them too. This, of course, I just need to get used to. I noticed someone said he memorises all the positions for each key, but I prefer knowing the concept and just apply it after knowing the song's key.

Oh, and I also use the harmonic minor, but mostly for quick ascents or trilling, kind of like the beginning of the "second" solo in Sweet Child o' Mine (Guns N' Roses).

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post Apr 17 2009, 08:31 PM
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I use Em,Am,Dm,and the blues scale quite a bit.
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QUOTE (Canis @ Apr 17 2009, 08:34 AM) *
"D moinah.. The saddest of all keys" tongue.gif



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post Apr 17 2009, 09:40 PM
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I usually compose something in C, D, E, A, F or Bb major, but it is sometimes needed to adapt the key to singers vocal abilities, so I just transpose to any key if need to adapt. That's about it.


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post Apr 17 2009, 11:18 PM
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I just write stuff in the key it appears in my head, but it has, at least recently, been more D major and B minor than other. I don't know exactly why, but I guess I've been listening a lot to songs in those keys.



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post Apr 18 2009, 12:06 AM
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That's exactly the one I was going for, Sensible tongue.gif


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post Apr 18 2009, 01:12 AM
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Short answer here before going to bed:

In order:

C#m
Cm
G#m
A

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post Apr 19 2009, 01:56 AM
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E and A for me as well. I'm also a bit interested in how Keys correspond to your style or is it just the feeling of the moment? Great topic btw Marcus smile.gif


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post Apr 19 2009, 07:37 AM
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For me, I've never actually thought about it so I guess it's just the feeling of the moment smile.gif

But I do sometimes keep in mind what the highest note is... since the highest note I can play on my guitar is the high E (bend from the 21st fret), that means it's a 3rd if the key is C# minor. It's a whole different thing if the key, for example, is A minor (since the highest note still is an E).


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post Apr 19 2009, 08:20 AM
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I often use E minor and A minor


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post Apr 19 2009, 08:29 AM
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I love C and B minors (the latter one is because of Gilmour I think). I also like Eb major (relative scale of C minor). Sometimes F minor. When I'm in a minor mode, I sometimes raise the 7th half a step to get the harmonic minor flavor.


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post Apr 19 2009, 12:09 PM
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B C, Db E F# probably.
I guess it's because I am most comfortable with having my mainlicks about on the middle of the neck!
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post Apr 19 2009, 01:00 PM
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C minor, E minor and Bb minor


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For me.. Fb and Cb.... Haha, no I think It'd be Amin, Gmaj, Emin and Cmaj, or anything else... I actualy play all keys!


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I quite like this key
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but these keys have seen better days:
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(sorry - obvious pun. Had to do it tongue.gif)
On a serious note, for jamming on guitar E and A major and their relative minors, just because they hold the familiar licks. Sure it's easy to transpose on guitar but when you've plays licks in those positions from day dot you don't have to think so much and can let your fingers do the talking. In a band context, I've had to get familiar with D minor (aeolian and harmonic) and it's domiant phyrgian since drop D tuning seems to be the tuning of choice for the band I'm in.
Also, B minor and its modes for the 7 string.


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