Major or minor key?
December 3, 2006 2:28 AM Subscribe
I cannot, for the life of me, tell if a song is in a major or minor key.
posted by ztdavis to Media & Arts (30 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I've read the generic "major is happy and bright" and "minor is sad and dark" answers. I've read this amazing explanation of key
by chrismear in an earlier thread. But I just can't do it, it's like I'm playing checkers against an opponent using chess pieces.
So what are some songs, if there are any, that defy the generic "happy or sad" dichotomy. I'm hoping to be find a song that might meet the generic definition of major or minor, but is actually subtly the opposite. With enough examples like this maybe I'll be able to pick up on whatever it is that differentiates the two.
mp3 clips would be helpful, but song names and their key are all I'm really asking for.