If the first chord of a guitar song is E but the capo is on the 5th fret, what key is the song in?

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The song is Norwegian Wood by the Beatles.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    Placing a capo on any fret does not immediately dictate that any song played on that guitar is going to be in a particular key. Standard tuning (EADGBE) isn't reserved for a specific key, though obviously it's much more difficult - if not completely impractical, to try to play songs in a certain key in standard tuning. "Norwegian Wood" is in E Major (E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D#) and is played with the capo on the 2nd fret so you get F#, B, E, A, C#, F# instead of the standard EADGBE. When playing standard chords using a capo the notes change. An E chord with the capo on the 2nd fret is fingered the same way - E open, A 2nd fret, D 2nd fret, G 1st fret, B open, E open, but instead of E, B, E, G#, B, E you'll actually be strumming F#, C#, F#, A#, C#, F#. The same is true of the other chords in the song - D, C, G, Dm, E7 and A7. From what I recall, at least the way I play it, there is no E. The song begins in D. 

  • mars
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    A. Norwegian Wood is 2nd-fret capo.

  • Tony B
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    Assuming that the first chord of a song is indicating the key, if the first chord of a song is E then it is in the key of E regardless of where the capo is.

    If you mean what chord is a basic E shape barred or capo'd at the fifth fret, it's A

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