What is the key of A known for?

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  1. chris m.

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    New Hampshire likes the E E A H sequence, too.
     
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    Not squarely on topic, but a few years back, some guy from Spotify put together the most commonly used keys in the most listened to songs. The four most common - in order - Gmaj, Cmaj, Dmaj, Amaj. The percent of songs for G & C are pretty close. If they were reversed, that would be the first four keys in the circle of fifths. Interesting?
     
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    Boys Are Back In Town (actually, Ab because they're tuned down a half step)
     
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    Almost completely off topic...

    I collect 5-string banjo sheet music from the 1850-1930 period. Stuff published in the US during the 1860-1900 period is almost all in A. Back then, the banjo was a transposing instrument. You read it in A but played in C. The Brits thought we were crazy, they published in C and played in C (right thru today). We didn't make that leap until 1907 (mandated by the American Fretted Instrument Guild). The 5-string banjo didn't become a "G" instrument until the 1950s (the 4-string tenor banjo was a C instrument from the beginning...about 1912).

    I have a number of Guitar and Banjo duets from the early period. The banjo is always required to retune from A to C as the guitar was harder to re-tune. Same with Banjo and Piano duets (which was the norm until bluegrass came around).
     
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    and if we didnt use the key of A we'd have to transpose it!
     
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    I always like to inject the Canadian perspective :p

    The A chord at the beginning of this tune is embedded in our DNA.... while you may hear the chorus at the odd sporting event south of the 49th.




    It took me a long time to figure out how people always knew I was from Canada when I was traveling out of country. Then a few years ago I spent a week in Maryville TN at a bluegrass camp and I became the catalyst for a drinking game. Every time the Canuck said "eh" everybody had to drink :lol:.... that's when I realized how everyone figures it out eh.
     
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    Guitars Cadillacs, I recently was wondering about this song so looked it up. It is A E repeat so it is in A, I V. It could also be E, I IV. I picked A because it starts with A.
     
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    I d say Eb ! I ll show myself out.
     
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    The open A on the fifth string is really the best sounding note in rock music. So start there. Then there is the ease with which you can make all the chord variations - all the various sus forms are right there, and the Keef notes. And my fave - reaching over with your pinky to get the “Pete Townshend” high notes at the fifth fret.
     
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    Workin’ Man Blues and You May Be Right are another couple.
     
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    I've also heard that they say "Eh" in BC whenever zed's abed.
     
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    Some tunes in Am and Am7 that are enjoyable to play on guitar.

    Ain't talking bout love (Van Halen - disregard Eb tuning)
    Ghost riders in the sky (Outlaws cover)
    Babe I'm gonna leave you (Led Zeppelin)
    Pretzel Logic (Steely Dan)
    Still Got the Blues (Gary Moore)
     
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    It's in "A". Here's a quick trick to get a key that's about 95% accurate. Usually the last note of the melody is the key of the song. There are a few exceptions.

    Also, if you list the notes of the melody, whatever Major scale you can make from that list is usually the key.That's not as accurate as the first trick, but it can come in handy. Obviously with minor keys, if it resolves to a minor, just refer to the relative major. Relative minor= 6th note of the Major scale (C=A-)
     
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    Read every note flat except B and F, and a largely slow and uncluttered melody at a ballad tempo ... not that hard, man.
     
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    Excellent! Good to see a guitarist who knows guitars can play flats as well as sharps.
     
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    Capo comes in handy on that one.
     
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