Back In Black - what key

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Re: Back In Black - what key

Post by Willie.g » August 6th, 2017, 5:07 pm

I beg to differ the song is in A dorian mode the v chord ,E is the tonic making it a V-IV-I progression E is the relative minor of G major and A dorian is the second mode G major allowing the use of the E minor blues scale since the F# is omitted from both A dorian and E minor pentonic the only passing tone I have found in the solo is Bb which is the blue note in E minor blues scale

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Re: Back In Black - what key

Post by NoteBoat » August 7th, 2017, 2:10 am

A Dorian does not omit F#. As a matter of fact, F# is what makes A Dorian Dorian - if you leave it out, there's no difference between the rest of the notes and the notes of A natural minor.

And when you say
the v chord ,E is the tonic
you're saying it's in the key of E. The V chord is called the dominant in every key, and the tonic is the I chord in every key. That's what those terms mean.
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