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    Heya.

    So how does everyone choose the key signature they start writing in? Or do you start in C and transpose it later? Do you change often, or stick in the same key?

    Also, anyone got a favourite?
    Mine's Gb Major, because it's awkard enough to give a nice mellow sound, yet still simple enough to easily work in.

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    i also got my favourite scale it's e# minor for hip hop production but it depends what kind of music i'm doing.

    sometimes i'm looking for scales in the internet, to get an other flow/style to my music. for example a spanish scale or something like that. but you can also try to find out some new crazy scales when you use just one scale it sounds sometimes the same.

    which instrument are you playing?

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    I play piano and guitar~

    I tend to avoid the weird scales actually... ^_^;;
    I'll mess with the minor scales, and I've dabbled in a couple of modes, but otherwise I'll stick to the normal scales, relying on awkward chord progressions for a certain feel.

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    Yeah, as a guitar player it's usually natural to have a rock song or something in E minor /G maj
    Since my first 7 string & 8 string (I don't drop tune my instruments), it was easy enough I guess for me to be more into B minor.

    I found it a little more easier to improvise too as I was more familiar with it's modes.

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    For me it depends on the mood of the song. A lot of times it's just spontaneous. I deal mostly in chords, less in scales/solos, so for me, the chord selection is usually dictated by how the different chords interact with each other. Sometimes two or three chords sound outstanding when played together in a certain way, so I'll write a song around that.

    Lately I've been digging Dm7, C, Am.

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    Oh I forgot, I really really like that Jazz fusion progression when you move up the scale a half step up for a few bars then bring it back, and it kind of makes all those previous wrong notes you played during that shift sound correct. Such an amazing phenomenon!

    Something like Dm7 > Ebm7 > Dm7

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    I don't know but I've always wondered that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qwer-Ky View Post
    Heya.

    So how does everyone choose the key signature they start writing in? Or do you start in C and transpose it later? Do you change often, or stick in the same key?
    No, I start playing around and I'll see later what the key is. Picking a key before you start is quite lame since it narrows down your options. Lots of stuff isn't even in the same key throughout the song.

    Quote Originally Posted by Qwer-Ky View Post
    Also, anyone got a favourite?
    Mine's Gb Major, because it's awkard enough to give a nice mellow sound, yet still simple enough to easily work in.
    I never understand how a certain key can be your favourite unless it's easier to improvise over, like the E and A minor blues on guitar.
    You have a pretty Fmaj7.

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    If I'm writing a piece, I'll either sing something and figure it out on the keyboard to figure out what notes I'm using, or simply pick a key and start writing (in silence) with pencil and staff paper. Key doesn't really matter, since it's all transposable anyway. I just think in numbers, rather than letters. Everything is relative.

    If playing guitar, I use a capo to suit my voice better, so again, it's all a matter of transposing. You're only locked in for a bit, not the whole thing.

    And Tommy D- why are you in e# minor? Why not just f minor?

    e# minor is e# fx g# a# b# c# d# e# with maybe cx and dx if you're in harmonic/melodic. (x = double sharp)

    f minor would just be f g ab bb c db eb f with maybe d natural and e natural.

    Four flats is much simpler than working with 8 sharps. Give your performers a break o.o
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