Re: [Harp-L] Key of song from Guitar Chords

The last note or chord of a song is a much more reliable rule for finding the key.  Many songs start on other chords or notes.  I would not call the first note or chord a rule at all.  Of course the best rule is to look at the key signature.  You have to look for flatted thirds or minor chords to identify minor keys.  


On Mar 17, 2012, at 5:49 AM, Bill Kumpe wrote:

> The "first chord key of song rule" only works with simpler numbers like
> 1-4-5 (three chord) blues, rock or country.  If it were me, and I was going
> to play with this guy regularly and he was going to play the number
> regularly, I would bring along a small digital recorder, sit the number out,
> record it, and then go home and work out harp accompaniment.   
> Bill Kumpe
> Tulsa, OK

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