What is the key of A known for?

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  1. peteb

    peteb Friend of Leo's

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    A s good for I IV V songs using the open chords A, D, and E or bar chords in songs like Louie Louie and Wild Thing.



    What is the feeling or type of music associated with A? Rock?


    Alternative to G?
     
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    Here's a couple of A songs to to start:
    Magic Bus
    All Right Now
    Get Back
    Lay Down Sally
    Won't Get Fooled Again
    Long Live Rock
    The Seeker
    They Call Me The Breeze
    That's Alright Mama
    That'll be The Day ( but that's E.capo 5)
    Bob Dylan-
    Tangled Up in Blue
    Pledging My Time
    ( guess I know a lot of A songs)
     
  4. trev333

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    there was always a certain chord I heard in songs that I liked....usually a big loud open chord at the end or at the end of each phase....

    then one by one as I got into the mechanics of those songs... it became apparent it was just a big A chord...

    oh, yeah....:cool:
     
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    There's the old musician joke where the band leader's tuning up and says, "Ok boys, can you give me an A?" And all the folk in the band reply, "AAAAAAAAAAA."
     
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    I used to play with a guitarist who was an A-hole...does that count?
     
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    Lot of country is in A so I assume country rock tunes lean towards A.

    In country as I understand it from the old time tunes which always had a fiddle and a fiddle is naturally easier to play in A. At least tones of fiddle tunes are in A.... I know bluegrass is predominantly G and capo up to A!

    TEX
     
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    I hate to always point this out but it’s actually an Em in Louie Louie...
     
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    The key of A is: A B C# D E F# G#. These notes can be played on open strings: A B D E E, so this works great for open chords with a bass part.
     
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    This is a classic example of letting theory dictate the music. Anyone with a smidgen of theory knowledge will have learned that V is usually major (not always), but enough that people automatically play E major if they conceive of the tune as being in A major. Good statistical guess, but we must not let statistics rule our music.
     
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    yeah, I let my ears dictate my music. silly me

    I do think it's weird though, how on "Honey Don't", in E, when you hit the C it sounds minor-ish
     
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    It sounds that way because it sort of is. Cmaj would be the VI chord in E minor. There are quite a few songs that have E to C, or A to F, because it sounds cool.
     
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    Paul Kossoff used it remarkably well ( adding an A and E at the fifth fret) in FREE's " All Right Now."
    He really made that A chord sing.
     
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    The answer is F#m blues wanking
     
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    In the movie "Blues Brothers" just before they (the band) start playing "Rawhide" at Bob's Country Bunker they discuss what key to play it in. They choose the key of "A" because "...it's a good country key".
     
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    Lots of Canadian music is written in A.
     
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