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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. T Bone Slort

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

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    Thank you...I'm working at it fezz, I'm working at it.
     
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  2. DickBanks

    DickBanks Strat-Talk Member

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    E flat for these human ears. The strat just seems to hit its sweet spot in that key.
     
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  3. Borgatomic

    Borgatomic Strat-Talker

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    Earth for now
    I don't think it's the key so much, it might be how you present and match the song to the mood of the audience.
    The Grateful Dead were masters of the mood ring. It really didn't matter what song or key at a Dead show, we all knew it was coming, one way or another.
     

  4. Duotone

    Duotone Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 12, 2016
    Norway
    I guess it is more of a cultural thing. The mind wants what the mind gets. If the most popular songs lean towards the same set of chords and progressions, the listener gets comfortable with a smaller range musical parameters that feels pleasing to the ear.

    Then we got instrumentation range where most instruments have there sweetspot within a set of limitations. Pitch range, dynamic range within certain keys and so on.
     

  5. Mr. Lumbergh

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

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  7. GitBox Newbie

    GitBox Newbie Strat-Talk Member

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    Dec 18, 2014
    NYC
    C and G are the easiest keys to write in. C has no incidentals and G only has a single sharp (F#). Neither’s pentatonic scale, nor their relative minor pentatonics (A- and E-) contain any accidentals.

    Scales with many accidentals, are simply more difficult to read and play. That’s probably why you don’t see many pieces in there in keys like D flat or B.

    Every major and minor scale in western music sounds equally good, in my opinion, but some are just more difficult to read, write and play.
     
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  8. LeicaBoss

    LeicaBoss Strat-O-Master Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Sep 4, 2015
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    Sorry, I can't answer this without venturing away from equal temperament.
     
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  9. ocean

    ocean Most Honored Senior Member

    Apr 14, 2015
    In a house
    Question @Fezz I understand how 1 , 3, 5 in single notes in chords sound good together, when people refer to chord progression 1, 4, 5 what are they referring to ? are these 2 totally different things ? Or similar, already lost my train of thought. Lol
    Enlightened me , without a complex answer

    Derailing my own thread. Lol
     

  10. strattopper

    strattopper Strat-Talker

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  11. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    I would not know. I do not have human ears.
     
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  12. Nadnitram

    Nadnitram Strat-O-Master

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    Unfortunate. I have a whole bag of human ears. They were given to me by my friends ... and some Romans ... and, of course, some countrymen.

    They're not for keepsies, though. I have to give 'em back.
     
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  13. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Public Service Announcement: If you lend me your ears, you will not get them back.
     
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  14. ChaplainMike

    ChaplainMike Strat-Talker

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    I have no idea what key the majority of rock songs are written in, but A major to me just screams rock and roll.
     

  15. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    Intervals (individual notes) are identified with Arabic numerals (1234567)
    Chromatic scale: 1,b2,2,b3,3,4,b5,5,#5,6,b7,7.
    Chords (in progressions) are identified by Roman numerals(I/IV/V)
    Major triads - I-ii-iii-IV-V-vi-vii*
     
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  16. davidKOS

    davidKOS Retired Performer Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    California
    I. I appreciate anyone that knows anything about other tuning systems.

    2. I appreciate even more keeping them out of guitar discussions, since the guitar is a 12 tone ET instrument and works very well as such.
     
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  17. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday Lost Soul Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 19, 2011
    red barn, USA
    Green Turtle Cay. With a church key to open Kaliks and Sands...
     
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  18. Ebidis

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

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  19. PCollen

    PCollen Strat-O-Master

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    Whatever gets your foot tapping...
     
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  20. Groovey

    Groovey Senior Stratmaster

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    The key in witch you keep within.
     
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