• # The “What Key Am I In” Game 1

This is the first episode of a series of posts that I’ll do from time to time called “What Key Am I In?”

Basically, I give you chords and you tell me the major key they’re from.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recap:

The 1st and 4th degrees are major seventh chords.

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

The 5th degree is a dominant seventh chord.

The 7th degree is a half-diminished seventh chord.

So what key am I in?

• I have an “A minor 7” chord.
• I have an “E minor 7” chord.
• I have a “G major 7” chord.

(scroll down for answer but don’t peak until you think you’ve got one!)

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Explanation: Since minor seventh chords are found on the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th tones, I used the process of elimination to rule out keys that didn’t have “A” or “E” as their 2nd, 3rd, or 6th tone.

This left me with the key of C major and G major.

C major has an E minor7 as its 3rd chord and an A minor7 as its 6th chord.

G major has an E minor7 as its 6th chord and an A minor7 as its 2nd chord.

The chord that gives it away is the “G major7 chord.”

C major doesn’t have a G major7 chord… only a G dominant7 chord.

G major takes this round of “What Key Am I In!”

Until next time,
JG

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#### Jermaine Griggs

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