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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. Highway Star

    Highway Star Former Member

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    Apr 22, 2016
    Who knows?
    Yepp, all the other keys are just cheap rip offs :D:D:D
     
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  2. T Bone Slort

    T Bone Slort "I have a cunning plan" Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Jan 7, 2014
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    I agree, totally subjective.
     
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  3. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

    C = The People's Key
    F = The Key of Love

    My preference is Bb & Eb. Horn keys would be my guess as to why.
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  4. Blues Man

    Blues Man Strat-Talker

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    Feb 7, 2018
    USA
    I'm all for empirical data I found this data provided by Spotify

    I can't post a link yet but of the songs on Spotify it seems G and C are virtually tied for the most prevalent song keys at least in this instance. That has to give some insight as to what people find most pleasing to listen to.
     
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  5. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    I think it would be whichever key the song is in. I know this, because if my band is playing a song, and I play in a different key, it is not pleasing to the human ear.
     

  6. carver

    carver The East Coast Strangler Strat-Talk Supporter

    my house key never shuts up, keeps yaking on and on about all the stuff it sees in the day.

    not a pleasing key.

    now my car Key, thats a nice key. it brings just the right amount of conversation to the table, and knows when to keep its yap shut
     
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  7. Duotone

    Duotone Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 12, 2016
    Norway
    So the two keys that are the simplest to play on guitar and piano? May say more about the songwriters than the listeners!:whistling:
     
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  8. Blues Man

    Blues Man Strat-Talker

    104
    Feb 7, 2018
    USA
    Maybe.

    But performers usually give the people what they want.

    It's a good question though. When you think of the actual physiology of hearing it makes sense that some tones are more pleasing than others and why cords with the simplest ratios of frequencies are so popular
     
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  9. Chont

    Chont Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 25, 2012
    Pennsylvania
    I like Musical trilogies in Dm.
     
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  10. T Bone Slort

    T Bone Slort "I have a cunning plan" Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Jan 7, 2014
    Gibsons British Columbia
    I got a brand new key!



    Sorry :rolleyes:
     
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  11. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 30, 2014
    WI
    I recall reading somewhere that D is the "happy key." I like D just fine, but gravitate more to minor keys. I've been messing around with a Skip James Dm tuning lately that's really dark and edgy. DADFAD. I dig it!
     
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  12. GuitarPix

    GuitarPix Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 21, 2013
    Calgary
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  13. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011
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    Take the 1, the 3, the 5, and the 7 and you'll get the sound I find to be the most pleasing to my ears. Your ears may vary. :)
     
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  14. bchaffin72

    bchaffin72 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Oct 4, 2008
    Stratford,Ontario
    I guess that depends on whether or not you like the song...............:D:D

     
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  15. T Guitar Floyd

    T Guitar Floyd Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 27, 2014
    Arizona

  16. T Bone Slort

    T Bone Slort "I have a cunning plan" Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Jan 7, 2014
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    That sounds like a plan!
    I'm working my way through the cord progressions in Albinoni's Adagio in Gm and that progression is in there...those old dudes were a crafty lot:D
     
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  17. Tone Quest

    Tone Quest Strat-O-Master

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    Sep 11, 2013
    Raleigh, NC
    What Key? The sound my front door key makes when I come home from a hard day at the office.
     
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  18. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    Ah yeah, that’s a great sound...
     
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  19. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011
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    That's not a progression my friend, those are intervals. They make a major seventh chord. :)

    Arabic numerals for intervals.
    Roman numerals for chords. ;)
     
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