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Choosing keys? #2958902 03/20/20 11:39 AM
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Do you have a certain methods when choosing keys for a sing-a-long?

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Re: Choosing keys? [Re: Manne janne] #2958905 03/20/20 11:47 AM
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So that the melody lies mostly between two cs, for example Happy Birthday in F major, Yesterday in C.

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There were theories in the past that assigned certain keys to certain moods.

I think that was before the equally tempered tuning. At that time the different keys really had a different character.
I'm not a tuner but I think they started tuning C major close to perfect and then made some fixes to get the further-out keys (upwards G, D, A, E major and downward F, Bes, Es, As major) increaslngly dissonant. There were several steps and approaches, all with characteristic sounds and probably their own theories about moods.

On a perfectly equally tempered tuning these characters are lost I think. But if you write for older instruments or maybe even for chorus, they it makes a lot of sense to choose your keys properly

here some links

http://biteyourownelbow.com/keychar.htm

https://ledgernote.com/blog/interesting/musical-key-characteristics-emotions/


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Re: Choosing keys? [Re: Manne janne] #2958972 03/20/20 03:28 PM
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It depends on the melody but a singer will choose a key that he can sing.



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Re: Choosing keys? [Re: Serge88] #2959158 03/21/20 05:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Serge88
It depends on the melody but a singer will choose a key that he can sing.


One singer? There are more than one singer at a sing-a-long???

Re: Choosing keys? [Re: Manne janne] #2959161 03/21/20 06:15 AM
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The situation: we have 15 people who want to sing some famous tune for a sing-a-long.
You are the pianist and will accompany them. How do you choose the key?
I often hear people saying at a sing-a-long we should use low keys as people only want to sing low notes. I went a sing-a-long last December and they sang one song so low that I had to sing the same pitch as the women. I could do this as a tenor who can sing high.

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You have to determine the lowest and highest note that they can all sing, and then choose the key so that all notes fit in that range.
If you allow people singing in octaves, that may help increasing the range.


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