What key do you inadvertently play in the most? And least?

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  1. naveed211

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    I find I default to G major a lot when just noodling around.

    I don’t even know if I could play a B scale if you asked me to.
     
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    A lot of G and A minor.
     
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    Clearly G and A minor for me too. The Key of D is becoming a rising star though.
     
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    I play in A most often - major and minor. I like the various ways I can play A minor, A major & A power chords and sometimes I like to use the open strings.
     
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    I prefer flat keys, i.e. horn keys, like Bb, Eb and Ab. I hate E and B. A is not my favorite. Of course, anyone who writes in Db or Gb should be immediately shown the door (damn piano players!!!) :)
     
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    A a tossup with E, Am a lot.
     
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    G major. When I catch myself doing it, I force myself to play in Eb.

    B is probably my least-played key.
     
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    The easy ones ... Despite the fact I have a good background in theory ... I'm just lazy ...
     
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    I play and write in A really often, and there's no inadvertent about it, the guitar is an A instrument, sure it can do everything else, but with A, you are perfectly tonally centered on a guitar.

    The guitar loves A

    Least? gotta be E flat. The evil anti-guitar key
     
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    Most - G
    Least - G# or C#
     
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    A and E but, when called on to take a lead in singing (fortunately rarely) ...I need B preferably, or C at a pinch ... !
     
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    I used to play fiddle behind a songwriter who loved to write with capo on first fret, with G and C grips, so keys of Ab and Db, which are the hardest keys on fiddle. I was tempted to get an extra fiddle tuned up a half step for those keys. But, like a diligent school boy, I just drilled those scales and worked it out. Now I'm not afraid of anything.
     
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    Usually Eb. Sandu to warm up.
     
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    Most: E or A (lotsa blues)
    G or D when not playing blues.
    I have a number of songs l like to play on acoustic that seem to be in Gm (capo 3 so it's easy.

    Least: as above. G# or C#.


    I went to a bluegrass and old timey music jam. Never been so I played in the beginners circle. 15 people. 9 songs in a row in G. Some guys asks if we could play in B....15 Capo's came out. LOL
     
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    I remember Joe Pass saying not to play in too many open keys back to back because you're going to put the audience or yourself to sleep. I favor Bb Eb Ab myself.
     
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    Very much the same here. I write songs in a lot of different styles. A lot of 30's & 40's type songs. Those I normally write in E flat, B flat or A flat. I also play a lot of songs from that period (Great American Songbook). Many of those are written in those keys and I have books with sheet music to a lot (nearly all) of them that I use to play them.

    Other music varies, so nearly any key for those.

    The key of F would likely be my least used on guitar.
     
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    I like D#.

    I hate Eb.
     
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    I use E, A, D, G, and C a lot, both major and minor, although I use G and C minor less frequently. I also use B minor a lot, but B major less often. I rarely use F, either major or minor, or any of the flat or sharp keys, whether C#/Db, D#/Eb, A#/Bb, or any others, except I do use Fb and Cb a lot (see what I did there?)
     
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