[Harp-L] Re: Toots and Sesame Street
It's good to see your words in print again.
Here's an effective way to name the key of most music, by listening, without
using written music:
If you have a recording of the music, or if you can schedule a viewing of
the TV show Sesame Street, listen to the last melodic note of the tune.
Match that note on your harmonica. If your first harmonica doesn't have that
note, try another harp until you find the tune's last note.
The last melodic note of a musical piece is usually the key of the tune,
unless the tune has more than 1 key.
Then it would be the last key of the tune, and you could easily match the
other key(s) used, with the last key as a reference, or by using
the last melodic note of each section of music to find that section's key.
You must also be able to hear the difference between a major scale and a
minor scale. The tune's last note will give you the spelling of the key, but not
it's "flavor." Example: If the last note of the tune is Bb, it could be Bb
major, or Bb minor, or much less frequently, Bb any other scale.
Most tunes are either major or minor. You'll be correct at least 75% of the
time with this idea. Good Luck, and best wishes.
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