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RGS Live #18 | How to Find the “Key”

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Welcome to the second installation of Real Guitar Live of 2019! This month we’re tackling a topic music students frequently ask about. Tomas and Aimee lead us through a few ways to find the key of a song. Whether you’re using music theory or playing by ear, there’s a way to figure a song’s key so that you can play along, improvise or jam with other musicians. Happy playing!

Questions Asked During the Session:

[15:27] How do you determine what key you are in? Does the capo have anything to do with the key of a song?

[16:53] How do I find chords to a song or harmonize a melody

[18:07] What's the difference between major chords and minor chords, is there a formula for major, minor and dominant?

[23:25] I'm learning the C major scale and wonder what are the benefits of learning scales?

[25:02] The awful B Bar Chord. Any tips on how to get my ring finger to flatten out and not mute the E string. I know I can use substitute B chords but I really would like to master the B Bar.

[30:05] I often find myself having trouble playing tabs to fit the rhythm. When I practice a song, for instance, I play the tabs without the rhythm, later I will struggle with the rhythm is this the correct way?

[34:43] What book do you advise me to look for guitar theory and guitar music?    

[38:34] What should you suggest for perfect upstrokes in strumming--that's a very annoying issue like we have to change chords beat by beat but still there’s the upstroke issue ... please help.

[43:40] Hello! Glad I could make the class. What key are most blues song written? In what key are most pop songs written?

[47:07] I practice a song in a certain key. The guys I practice with play in a different key. How do I transpose the chord progression from one key to another?

[51:20] Why aren't there keys for all notes in the chromatic scale?

Tomas Michaud

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Tomas Michaud is an American born guitarist and music educator with a French Canadian heritage. He first developed the Starland Guitar System in 1982 when his 9 year old daughter asked him to teach her guitar. Since then he’s founded the Starland School of Music in the SF Bay Area, and

When he's not making guitar instruction videos or creating more music to record (currently 7 CDs including Beauty and Fire) he's riding his bike along the beach with his dog Marco Polo or traveling to interesting places with his lovely wife Pui.
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  1. A key of a song! – what progression would go with that key? How many keys would there be and what would the progressions be?


    March 5, 2019

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