What is the key of A known for?

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  1. Random1643

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    Beat me to the punch, Kelnet. Well, it's the national key of Canada. ;) (I'm descended from a long line of Canucks.)

    I like >the key< for playing & singing a bunch of songs, altho I use different chord voicings so could be 1st position or A-barre in standard tuning, "G" w capo on 2nd fret, open D with capo on 7, "E" w/ capo on 5, open G w/ capo on 2, etc.
    • She Thinks I Still Care
    • I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
    • Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues
    • Willin
    • Big Yellow Taxi
    • Ruby Tuesday
    • Arms of Mary
    • King of the Road
    • The Blues in the Night
     
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    La Grange- for the win! ( unless already mentioned, sorry!)
     
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    A4 (440 Hz) is the note to quickly determine if my piano/keyboards are in the same tuning as the guitar and bass! It's a utilitarian frequency! You can't say that about G major! G is just the key meant to keep tipsy crowds happy!
     
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    You mean there are some songs that aren't in A? Burn the witch!
     
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    Then of course, there is "Crossroads" by the Cream of course!
     
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    "Take the A train" is in C though ...:D
     
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    Ha, ha! Hadn't thought about that in a long time. Back when I was starting out, knowing that separated the men from the boys. You knew by that who had an ear and who didn't.
     
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    It's good for all Canadian songs , eh?
     
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    Great responses! Thanks



    Here is my simplified system. I Know it’s not right



    A: All

    B: Blues

    C: Classic

    D: Country?

    E: Everything folk

    F#: Rock

    G: Country
     
  12. kelnet

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    You are correct. It's not right.
     
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    Sound of an open A5 into a cranked marshall is the sound and feel of rock.

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    Chimey, jangly Byrds songs.
     
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    Preceding B.
     
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    I use the key of A for a fair number of country tunes because I like to play my solos off the chords and A works pretty well for that. But in reality, I play in D, C, and G just as much. I use sus4 with and without a 3rd, add9, 6, 7, min, min7 and maj7 pretty liberally so C and D are more comfortable keys for me to play in with chords like those. I also use chords to create tension that needs to be resolved and I can't always name those chords. I gravitate toward playing blues in A or Am pentatonic but I've pretty much moved past strictly pentatonic blues. There are 11 notes to use plus quarter tone bends up and down the neck so why limit yourself? As I've become more comfortable with scales, I can step away from the "easy" keys as need be. I guess this is a complicated answer to a simple question, so "what is the key of "A" known for? To me, it's one of the easy keys.
     
  17. magicfingers99

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    you have a 50/50 chance of being correct...

    if there were no rules people would play whatever they wanted to.
    it would be anarchy, its best if we just recycle the same things over and over and pretend to be creative...
     
  18. magicfingers99

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    also likes to sit next to "E". - eadgbe, I've heard that somewhere on my guitar...
     
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  19. magicfingers99

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    but they have an "h" in their scale ,it's usually E A H
     
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  20. chris m.

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    A and E: lots of rock songs in those keys, and that typically puts it just out of my vocal range. I used to be a true tenor when I was younger but those days are over.
    Can't hang with Robert Plant and Bon Scott anymore.

    Therefore, if I'm singing, I prefer other keys-- G, C, D, because those tend to be in my vocal range.

    There is no question that certain keys are easier for certain instruments. Stringed instruments typically love the key of A-- violin, guitar, whatever. Because of how
    they are tuned. Modern horns typically are much easier to finger in Eb and Bb. (They used to make C saxes and clarinets back in the day, and soprano saxes are
    still in C. Band clarinets are in Bb but they also make classical clarinets in A. If you watch a concert clarinetist, he/she will often have both and will switch back and forth depending
    on the key of the song or movement. If I play a "C" scale on a Bb clarinet it is actually a concert Bb scale. If I play a "C" scale on an A clarinet it is actually a concert A scale. Fingering
    is exactly the same but they come out a half step apart. Just like different key harmonicas. Or how about this from Wiki on trumpets: The most common type is the B♭ trumpet, but A, C, D, E♭,
    E, low F, and G trumpets are also available. The C trumpet is most common in American orchestral playing, where it is used alongside the B♭ trumpet.
    Orchestral trumpet players are adept at transposing music at sight, frequently playing music written for the A, B♭, D, E♭, E, or F trumpet on the C trumpet or B♭ trumpet.).

    I have horns in my band so we do a lot of tunes in Eb, Bb, or closely affiliated keys that just add one or two sharps or flats. (F, D, and Ab, for example). As a
    clarinet player myself I totally understand how much harder it is to finger certain keys on wind instruments. On a guitar all you need to do is move up or down some frets
    but the fingering doesn't change. Although you might lose the distinctive tone and relative ease of lots of open strings....
     
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