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What key is most pleasing to the human ear ?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by ocean, Feb 7, 2018.

  1. ocean

    ocean Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 14, 2015
    In a house
    In your opinion ? any actual research on this ? C ?

    I think D or E ..
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  2. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 18, 2014
    Lewisville, TX
    D minor is the saddest of all keys.

    Actually, in my opinion all keys are the same. Chord progressions are what elicit the feels.
  3. oatsoda

    oatsoda Puck of Paradox Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 10, 2011
    The Shack, Nova Scotia
  4. CephasG

    CephasG Strat-O-Master

    Dec 13, 2017
    Land of Lincoln
    I am with you on D or E. However, I cannot imagine how a person with perfect pitch perceives the keys, or a person with synesthesia.
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  5. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 21, 2014
    Santa Maria, CA
    I'm pretty sure its a A maj chord through a cranked Marshall.
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  6. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    there is a debate about tuning to 432 instead of 440. some people say 432 is in some sort of cosmic tune with the universe and that 440 was used by bad people to screw peoples minds up.
    i dont have a belief on the subject as they both sound good to me as long as the instrument is in tune with itself and other instruments.
    i dont know what key sounds best to the human ear, but i have heard that Dm is the darkest.
  7. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 1, 2009
    My house.
  8. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    The key that's right for the singer usually works best.
  9. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

    May 2, 2016
    Cranston, Rhode Island
    It's the secret chord Leonard Cohen wrote about
  10. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 6, 2016
    Key Largo?
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  11. nigelr

    nigelr Strat-O-Master

    Aug 28, 2014
    I don't think there is one. If you listen to a great song in the original key it sounds great, then listen to a cover version in another key and it also sounds great. Chances are that unless you were learning the song to play then you wouldn't even notice that the two versions were in a different key.
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  12. tery

    tery Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 31, 2014
    The color of a baby's mother's eyes .
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  13. nungesser

    nungesser They've Killed Fritz! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2014
    it's always been "G" for me
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  14. dante1963

    dante1963 Strat-Talker

    Apr 28, 2016
    St. Louis
    D Minor. The saddest of all the keys.

    (Although, I prefer B Minor, myself.)
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  15. ocean

    ocean Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 14, 2015
    In a house
  16. CephasG

    CephasG Strat-O-Master

    Dec 13, 2017
    Land of Lincoln
    For some reason, G is the chord I tend to play when I am testing a new guitar.

    LOSTVENTURE Strat-O-Master

    Jun 15, 2007
    To each his own, as in many such matters. And my preference is differentiated between acoustic and electric instruments. I only realized this after getting my first acoustic guitar a few months ago. (After 50 years playing solid-bodies.)
    Some of that is because the sound of the acoustic, when played close to nut, is so vibrant. So the majority of chords, C, F, Em, Am, D, etc., most employing open strings really sounds good to my ears.
    But when you move to an electric guitar, Chords played further up the neck seem to be the more robust. Keys like A, Am, B, and, for me particularly, Bm, are my favorites.
    Has anybody else sensed something similar ?
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  18. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    You guys beat me to it...

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  19. Stark

    Stark Ghost of Johnny Thunders Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 16, 2011
    Richmond Annex, CA
    I heard Johnny Thunders play the open A Chuck Berry cowboy chord + turnaround at 00:52—through a blazing Marshall according to Jack Douglas and Todd Rundgren’s description of the session—and that sent me down the road that I am still on.