• The “What Key Am I In” Game 4

Welcome to another edition of “What Key Am I In?”

If you haven’t seen my past ones, click here to check them out.

Ok… here we go:

What major key am I in if I have these chords:

A# minor
D# minor
E# minor

.
..

….
…..
……
…….
……..
………
……….
………..
…………
………….
…………..
……………
…………….
……………..
………………
……………….
………………..
…………………
………………….
…………………..
……………………
…………………….
……………………..
………………………
……………………….
………………………..
…………………………
………………………….
………………………….. Got it???
………………………….
…………………………
………………………..
……………………….
………………………
……………………..
…………………….
……………………
…………………..
………………….
…………………
………………..
……………….
………………
……………..
…………….
……………
…………..
………….
…………
………..
……….
………
……..
…….
……
…..
….

..
.

C# major

Explanation:

Remember this chart from other posts?

The first degree of a scale is associated with the major chord.

The second degree of a scale is associated with the minor chord.

The third degree of a scale is associated with the minor chord.

The fourth degree of a scale is associated with the major chord.

The fifth degree of a scale is associated with the major chord.

The sixth degree of a scale is associated with the minor chord.

The seventh degree of a scale is associated with the diminished chord.

Recap:

The 1st, 4th, 5th degrees are major chords.

The 2nd, 3rd, and 6th degrees are minor chords.

The 7th degree is a diminished chord.

*Of course, when you play 4-toned chords, all these change to “seventh” chords (and the 5th tone becomes a “dominant seventh” chord and the 7th tone becomes a “half-diminished seventh” chord… but you didn’t need to know that for this lesson).

There’s only one key that has A#, D# and E# as minor chords… and that key is C#!

Let’s take a look at the C# major scale:

C# D# E# F# G# A# B# C#

It’s the only scale with 7 sharps! Literally every tone of the scale is a sharp.

Now, if we apply the rules from above, we’ll be able to figure out which tones are minor:

C# – major chord
D# – minor chord
E# – minor chord
F# – major chord
G# – major chord
A# – minor chord
B# – diminished chord

So if you got this one right, pat yourself on the back! :)

(I have a confession to make. I was really trying to stump you on this one with the use of C#. Normally this scale would be Db, which only has 5 flats and doesn’t use any of these crazy E# or B# enharmonic notes. But my point is… even when you’re in C#, the rules stay the same. You just gotta think in terms of sharps and some notes you’re used to calling “F” and “C” will be called “E#” and “B#,” respectively. Congrats if this was a piece of cake. It’s means you’re getting it!)

Until next time —

The following two tabs change content below.

Jermaine Griggs

Founder at HearandPlay.com
Hi, I'm Jermaine Griggs, founder of this site. We teach people how to express themselves through the language of music. Just as you talk and listen freely, music can be enjoyed and played in the same way... if you know the rules of the "language!" I started this site at 17 years old in August 2000 and more than a decade later, we've helped literally millions of musicians along the way. Enjoy!

Latest posts by Jermaine Griggs (see all)

1 BRIAN AKA TRUMUSIC1SOUL

I FINALLY GOT ONE RIGHT……YIPPIE KI AY YEAH :D :D :D
THESE BLOGS ARE REALLY HELPING…WHEN CAN I HEAR THE RECAP OF YESTERDAY’S SHOW?

2 BRIAN AKA TRUMUSIC1SOUL

I FIGURED THE 2 NEIGHBORING NOTES HAD TO BE THE2ND AND 3RD OF THE SCALE AND I ACTUALLY GOT IT RIGHT……..CAN U STAND IT?? :D :D ;-D>

3 Jermaine

@Brian: CONGRATS! We had some major issues with blogtalkradio yesterday. I actually go cut off twice and had to call back in. The recording was messed up. So sorry! Maybe it was your missing presence that did it!

Be there next week so we don’t have these problems brotha! :)

4 Jermaine

@Brian: Did you try the new “subscribe to this comment” feature that we have listed below? If so, tell me how you like it.

5 rayjohnson83

I GOT IT RIGHT……..YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6 BRIAN AKA TRUMUSIC1SOUL

I’M SUBSCIBED AND IT’S ON THE MONEY.
IN THE OH SO WISE WORDS OF DR. BISHOP PROPHET GURU ELDER RONALD McDONALD III
…..”I’M LOVIN’ IT!!!

WHAT UP RAY!!

AND JG I’LL BE THUR ERE ;)

7 praizim

Thanks Trumusic1soul, I’ve been trying to figure this out for 30 minutes and read your comment and it clicked.

8 Gavin

I did find this one easy so as you say I must be getting it! On page 162 of the 300 page course now and things are really starting to fall into place. These blog posts are a great way to practice what I’ve learned from the book. Thanks for all your hard work Jermaine.

Gavin

9 bigbeardale

I second that Gavin. I have the 300 page book too, and Jermaine is doing a fantastic job making things click. You guys that don’t have the book, should buy it and print these blog tips and add to the book.

Dale

10 Jim

When I called the office, I heard that Jermaine is writing “The Secrets to playing piano by ear” version 2.0 and it’s supposed to be written more like the style of these blog posts, but with illustrations, graphics and everything. They said, that he wrote the first version that everyone has in 2001 when he was 18 years old. He has learned from his experience with students from everywhere and has 100x more info to share. I didn’t get more info than that but they put me on a list so that I’d know when there are more updates. Sounds promising from what i read on tehse blog posts.