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FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / The Tennesee Waltz - What key do you play it in.

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Jan 20th, 2019 10:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

This tune came up as request for the blues band a while back and I thought it might be fun to work a "bluesified' version.

So I came across a nice version in C on Youtube but when I started looking for alternative lessons they are mainly in G or A.

The melody falls under the fingers nicely as open position C so I am reluctant to change it but it made me curious.

So what is the key of the common version that youse blokes play it in ?

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Jan 20th, 2019 11:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, blues can work in any key, but one thing to consider about keys is the low end. Dave Pensado(mix engineer) joked about not liking the key of C because it had no... well, I'll say badonkadonk in lieu of the word he used.

If you want a lighter feeling blues, and your bassist is in standard(are you the bassist?) then your 1 chord root will be higher up compared to tunes in G or A. Your 4 and 5 chords go lower, though.

In A, you get that nice 5 chord root tone in the bass(E). The A is also a min 3rd lower than C.

G is good, with the 4 chord being up from the root(no lower C in standard) and D, you could possibly get in drop D if you want.

Just something to consider, but it will have an affect on where things lie and end up sounding, to a degree.

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