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WHICH KEY IS MY SOLO IN?
Here are some hints on finding which
key or tonic note to play your solo in.
We could also call this the root note,
the home note, the key, the tonal
centre.
Some general hints are that the key will
be –
1.
the first chord of the solo,
2.
the last chord of the solo,
3.
the most played chord of the
solo.
It is best to check using your ear. Play
the chords and stop on each one – which
one sounds as the key chord or “home”
chord.
For example the chords to “Hey Joe” by
Jimi Hendrix –
|
C G
|
D A
|
E
|
E
|
The key here is E. The last chord is E.
The E chord lasts for half of the chord
pattern. But most importantly you can
hear it as the finish chord or key chord.
Be very careful to work out your key
based on the chords of the solo.
Sometimes this is a different key to the
chords of the singing part of the song.