• [VIDEO] How to find the key of any song

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    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!

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    { 29 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Dale

    Hey Jermaine I really liked your last two vids, especially the key finding one. I was on point with u the whole time. Thanks for all the help. But on another know, i’m just making a little enquiry as to what’s going on for the 100,000 member drive contest. Have ya’ll forgotten about the persons involved in it because there hasn’t been any announcements or issuing of prizes and the contest has been over for months now. Thanks for a reply.


    2 Laketa

    Thanks again Jermaine for your time and talent. I really appreciate the extra reinforcement… My mind has successfully shifted to number mode…I know no other language…lol

    Keep up the awesome work and know that it is greatly appreciated- Laketa


    3 Kevin

    Thanks Jermaine! These videos really icrease the value of the time spent here. Keep them coming.


    4 jeann

    I enjoy these items and lessons very much,and i thank you and jermaine and Jp for all you are doing to help me get this down, God bless you richly you for the times you spend with us at GTMC also.



    5 Elizabeth

    Great help in getting one on the right track. I appreciate !


    6 Garbo


    Very helpful…loved the minor key litmus test. You did a great job reinforcing the point with numerous examples. And the price was very reasonable! Thank you!


    7 Stan Stewart

    Great stuff Jermaine. Thank You.





    9 Melanie

    I didn’t think finding the key was so easy – I’ve been avoiding putting my mind to it – but going through your ‘Finding the Key’ video, I’ve realised that I can trust my ear on this!
    Thanks so much Jermaine.


    10 Fiyinfolu (Nigeria)

    Thanks a bunch, this is so revealing and helpful, I really appreciate it.


    11 Oraine

    Thank God for you, you have thought me alot and I am gonna make a difference in my Church now.


    12 Shane

    awesome video. very helpful. may God bless you and yours.


    13 Ariel

    Hey Jermaine,
    what a great lesson! I study music at school, but unfortunately we do little to none practical work this year. They say we need more theoretical knowledge first..
    so this lesson is right up my alley now. The minor chord trick is very cool! Really great if you ask me :)

    I like bands and artists that are musically-complex (mostly progressive) with many key changes and stuff like that, so this lesson is going to be really helpful !

    Another thing I wanted to point out.. I find it very inspiring to see how fun , relaxed, and cool you looked in this video, looks like you really enjoyed making it! That’s great!

    Thank you for a good lesson1


    14 Arianna

    Hi. Great site, but I think you are confusing the “common tone” and the “tonic”.

    Think about this way, a tonic (I) chord is made up of scale degrees 1,3 & 5, a dominant (V) chord is made up of scale degrees 5,7 & 2. The pitch that is common to both chords is scale degree 5, not scale degree 1. Scale degree 5 is the common tone, but it’s not the tonic, but it leads you directly to the tonic because it’s the dominant.

    In the first example,(Lord I Lift Your Name on High) Ab is the dominant/sol/V, Db is the tonic/Do/I. That’s why you hear the Ab the whole time, scale degree 5 is in the tonic chord and the dominant chord. Correct?


    15 Liam

    Wouldn’t it be good if they taught like this in schools?


    16 Ronald

    Hi Jermaine
    this was my first time on with you. Man you are awesome. I am a beginner but man have you been helpfull. I can now find any key to any song with some practise. thanks, god bless you & your family


    17 Fiifi

    God richly bless you Jermaine, for this. That minor key test is just awesome. I kept asking so many pianists and all they kept saying was just listen, you’ll know the right key. I realized i was always getting the 3rd instead of the key. I can now rehearse lots of songs on my own without anyone finding the key for me.


    18 birdy27

    thanks for this video! it is a little over my head, but i’m wondering if a singer with a keyboard can determine what key s/he wants to do a song in using this method. this is what i mean. say i want to sing “my funny valentine.” i choose a note that i like, like B. then i play all the notes between B and the octave higher. i find a note that works all the way through–in this instance maybe C# or maybe it’s B (is that possible?). can i determine the key that way? i know the melody by ear, can sing it, can’t play it, and don’t yet know all the minor/major chord relationships. but i need to tell an accompanist what key i need and, if i transpose a fake sheet, i need to know what to transpose it to. thanks a lot!


    19 Curtis

    I just wanted to say “Thank You SOOOO MUCH!” I have been trying to find the key of song for 2 yrs now (Searching the Net) and you just cleared it all up for me. The minor chord test is what helps me every time now. I would have paid $50 for that advice any day. Once again, Thank You and God Bless…


    20 sammie

    Hello Jermaine

    Much greeting from me , situated at all that long distance from US to Embu in kenya, is a great privelege and honour from you brother, to teach and at the same time to follow up how am doing in the last 4months,,,
    Let me say i dont know what i can thank you with but only to wish you God’s blessing and grace to be with you through out you life.
    May you be blessed in your house,as you walk out,as work and come back in the evening….

    For sure i have a couple of quizs but i believe you will thoroughly explain to me because God has enabled and enlighted you to do so.

    mastering scales has become hectic,especially from where sharps and flats begins entering scales, eg, in E major why do u you have to go up and down white and black notes, and what formula that guides one to do so?

    Are there formulas used to determine the 1st , 2nd, 3rd chord patterns if in major as wel as in minor scales.

    Are there number formulas used to play three chords in roots,1st class inversion,2nd and 3rd class inversions.

    Supposing in the key of Cmajor ,CEG CFA BDG,what formula is used to put them together and are there other chords in key C, and what are the minor chords of key C, and whats the formula behind it? and will that formula apply to other keys in the major and minor scales?

    How many can a key song have? and most probably how many chords?

    Can three chords in a particular key sing a song from the beginning to the end?

    At the moment pliz guide me there, as i will email you the obstacles am facing while practicing,,,

    May almighty God sustain your life and your family as you do this job of guiding people to know worship him through the instruments they have.God bless you



    21 olegyins

    Great site!!! Bookmarked.


    22 Silvia

    Nice vid man, that’s a hard idea to explain and you did it well. I found this online tool which gives you the key of a song depending on the chords you give it – http://www.namethatkey.com it’s pretty accurate.


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    25 William Quiney III

    Hello Jermaine, I would love to know the key of Norman Hutchins’ “Nobody but You”. Will you help me with this, please?



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