• The “What Key Am I In” Game 6

    in "What Key" Game

    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
    G# minor

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    Answer:

    F# 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 G#, A# and D# as minor chords… and that key is F# major!

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

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

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

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

    So if you got this one right, way 2 go! :-)

    Until next time —

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    { 6 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 TRUMUSIC1SOUL aka BRIAN

    HAD A BRAIN FREEZE, BUT GOT IT RIGHT! YOU KNOW, THE OLD CHANGE THE SHARPS TO FLATS, EAT A APPLE, TIE YOUR SHOES, BEFORE YOU FALL FLAT ON YOUR FACE TRICK!!! ;-D…GOOD ONE

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    2 TRUMUSIC1SOUL aka BRIAN

    JP CORNER

    1-b7-7-3-6
    EbBb/FGBbDF
    DbAb/FAbBbCEb
    Ebmin11 ….FGbAbBb/DbFAb
    EFGA/CEG
    b6…BEb/ADG
    6…CDEbFG/BbDF

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    3 phillip nelson

    that was great, i had to figure that out myself, thanks.

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    4 Stevie

    Jermaine,

    I play by notes and would and teaching myself to play by ear. The problem is that I want to play chords for every word of the song. I’m slow learning chords and need help with advancing beyond the basic I VI V. But I need very simple chords for fill in and progression. Please help.

    Stevie

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    5 phillip nelson

    you will need a few alternate chords that resolve back & forth, is there any
    particular key?

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    6 patricia

    love it

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