Tuesday, February 23, 2010

What is a key?

The key is the tonal center of the song or the home tone.  Each key has a series of notes called a scale that corresponds to that tonal center.  The scale starts and ends on the tonal center.  The scale is made up of a combination of whole and half steps.  The pattern of whole steps and half steps is what gives a type of scale (major, minor) its characteristic sound.  For each scale type the pattern is always the same regardless of the key.  See below for more information.

Music information sheet

So far we have played in the keys of D and G. 

Next post: Relative minor keys