Music: What key am I playing in?
I'm trying to figure out which key I am playing in with this chord progression. I tried looking it up but because they are not popular chord progression I'm having a hard time finding it.
G# C#6 C# G#
- Me2Lv 71 month ago
Two chords aren't enough to establish a key. Mamianka mentioned that "this is an odd key for most folks", but the alternate name for G-sharp is A-flat, which isn't odd at all — no one with a little knowledge would elect to write in G♯ major instead of A♭ major.
For guitar, though, sharp keys are common, so guitar players would tend to think in terms of G♯ as they wouldn't be putting it on the page in standard notation (where G# major is awkward).
I'd say that you're most likely in G♯ (A♭), but almost as likely to be in C♯ (whose alternate name is D♭)
- CharlesLv 41 month ago
I concur with the other answer.
- MamiankaLv 71 month ago
Since you have so few chords, and they duplicate, you could either add a F# chord and then have defined C# major - OR - you could add a D# or D#7 and be in G# major. That is if you wish to be in the realm of standard Common Practice harmony (altho this is an odd key for most folks). To define a KEY, you need a tonic, subdominant, and dominant chord -often referred to by their Roman numerals I IV V - then back to , or ending on, I - usually. If you learned even a little bit of Music Theory (Yeah - I was a Theory teacher for almost 30 years - multiple degrees in that area) you would feel more secure, and also be able to transpose, and use more creative harmonies in what you write. I know - and can tell by what you posted - that you must be self-taught, and therefore are experimenting - which is the long, hard way to get to where you want to go. Look up some things online, get some basic books ( like the *Dummies* series - they are fun to read, and explain things well - usually.)