Will a song written in a key only use chords in that key?



Asked by: Christopher Presley

Not necessarily. While the key gives you a good idea of what harmony to expect, not all the chords need to be in that key. Chords can be borrowed from other modes/keys, chords can created by chromatically altering tones, and you may even modulate or change keys mid song.

Do chords in a song have to be in the same key?





First up, chords in a progression work together because they’re in the same key. The notes in the key (the scale) are put together to build that key’s chords.

Can you use chords from a different key?

Unfortunately though this is the only chord change in this progression that actually flows well. And you can hear how the rest of it doesn't sound nearly as smooth as the first two chords. Remember

Can a song be played in any key?

Theoretically you can play any melody and chord progression for a song in any key. But a song will often work best in certain keys and usually the key it was written in for a specific instrument.

What makes a song in a certain key?

In music a key is the major or minor scale around which a piece of music revolves. A song in a major key is based on a major scale. A song in a minor key is based on a minor scale. A song played in the ‘key of C major’ revolves around the seven notes of the C major scale – C, D, E, F, G, A, and B.

Is copying a chord progression illegal?





While distinct Voice Leading is copyrightable, Chord Progressions (like 12 Bar Blues, ii-V-I, C-G-Am-F) are standardly used in all genres of music and do not belong to any one individual. Rhythm – In most cases, the sequence of rhythms and “groove” of a song cannot typically be copyrighted.

How do you know what key a song is in by chords?

To find the key from a chord progression, do the following:

  1. Write down all of the chords.
  2. Write down the scales associated with each chord. (ie: If you have E minor, write down the E minor scale. …
  3. Look at each scale and see if the chords’ root notes are within that scale. If they are, that is the key you are in.


Do most songs stay in one key?

There are exceptions to everything. A song would generally be regarded as being in the key of C major if it started out in C major, even if it ended in another key. Some songs stay in the same key all the way through, and some songs change keys.

Does every song have a chord progression?

Entire songs, even good ones, can be built around a single chord (eg “Shake Your Body Down to the Ground”), so while there will always be at least a chord, there may not always be a chord ‘progression’.



What scales to improvise over chords?

It is hard to go wrong with Pentatonic Scales. They limit themselves to 5 notes that work well over many different chords. The rule is to use Major pentatonic scales over major chords and minor pentatonic scales over minor chords. This works well for most chords.

Is every song written in a key?

Most songs are written in a key. A key is the whole system of chords and chord functionality (which we’ll take more about in upcoming posts) based on one of the so called diatonic scales, of which the major scale and the natural minor scale (with its varieties) are the most common.

What scales go well with C major?

The C major scale is C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. If you pick any note from the scale and then go up skipping every other note, you get a chord. The seven chords you can get from the C major scale this way are C major, D minor, E minor, F major, G7, A minor and B diminished.



How many keys can a song be in?

There exist 30 music keys

Major Key Relative Minor Sharps/Flats
Ab F Bb, Eb, Ab, Db
Eb C Bb, Eb, Ab
Bb G Bb, Eb
F D Bb

What is the most popular key in music?

C major and G major, along with their relative minor counterparts A minor and E minor, are often considered the best key and scales for Pop music.

Do songs change key?

ADVICE: The most common places for key changes are at the change between verse and chorus, or in final repeats of a chorus. Most songs don’t need a key change. And in fact, since key changes result in rather distinctive moments, they can sound predictable and hackneyed if used too often.

What is the most essential element of music why?

Rhythm is the most important of the five basic elements in music because it measures movement. This is measured horizontally as it gives motion to music through melody and harmony.



Does all music have rhythm?

Rhythm is music’s pattern in time. Whatever other elements a given piece of music may have (e.g., patterns in pitch or timbre), rhythm is the one indispensable element of all music. Rhythm can exist without melody, as in the drumbeats of so-called primitive music, but melody cannot exist without rhythm.