David Lingabee Songs & Songwriting

Keys and Scales – Part 2




Keep it simple
Keys follow a universally agreed upon pattern of intervals (whether major or minor), no matter which of the 12 notes in an octave you start from. 

Whatever note you start on and return to for your song is the key you are going to play in. If you wanted to play your song in the key of C, on a piano you would have the choice of including every successive white key between that C and the next higher octave of C, depending on what notes you wanted in your song. There are no black keys as part of the key of C.

A scale uses specific notes within any key to further make another sequence of notes for further variation of sound patterns to use in musical composition. 

The specific notes of a key form a musical base for a scale to be played within. A key forms the foundation for the scale to create with.

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