David Gutowski wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:36 am
Sounds really good, thanks...this is most likely an elementary question, but what key is it in or do you skip around to other keys...I guess what I'm asking is do you have to stay in one key when you're playing or writing a song...I don't have a teacher...I've made up some songs from one key. I play the cords and scale notes from that key and have made up my own cords by just combining the scale notes I'm using when I'm playing in the chosen key... To me it sounds okay and I've found it helps learning to play the cg but I was wondering if I can skip around to different keys while playing the same song.
The simple answer is "write what you like". If your inspiration involves riffing on one key or even one chord, that's it.
Most pieces (songs have words, instrumental pieces are not rightly called 'songs', cos it confuses simple souls like me) if they are a bit longer than short will have at least some key change, for the sake of variety, and to help the piece work over the longer time span. If you play entirely by ear then try working out at least the basic chords of some medium length pieces and you will find that occasionally they move to different key centres at least for a while; some times they just stop in one key and re-start in another, sometimes they morph from one into another (its called modulation).
Most conventional pieces will begin and end in the same key, but its not a law.
If you are actually writing a song, e.g. setting words, then the same thing applies except the style of most songwriting involves staying in the same key most of the time, the length of the song is supported more often by the lyrics and the verse-chorus structure. But even then, a middle 8 is often a bit of a key change too.