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Posted: 3/2/2006 7:12:27 PM EDT
I'm trying to puzzle my way through elementary music theory, and I was curious if it is "acceptable" to use a chord progressions with chords completly outside the key of the song. As an example, take Emajor- Gmajor- Dmajor. It sounds alright to my untrained ears, but none of those chords fall in the key of Emajor.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 7:14:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 7:15:20 PM EDT
i predect a correct response within the next 87 posts.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 7:15:56 PM EDT
It really depends. My rule with music, when all else fails, claim artistic license.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 7:18:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/2/2006 7:27:15 PM EDT by Another_Dude]
Depends on what you call acceptable. The Beatles made a career out of stepping just outside of the lines. If you're truly in E major then you're only "legal" major chords would be E, A, and B, but F# major wouldn't be far out of line if you went from F# to B then E to resolve the end of a phrase. You may have slipped into a mode that makes these chords sound friendly to your ear, but to answer your question...no, it wouldn't fly from a theory point of view. YMMV

Legal chords in E major:

E, F#m, G#m, A, B, C#m.D#dim, E
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 7:24:00 PM EDT
If it sounds good, it is good. IMO
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 7:28:37 PM EDT
Change the E major to minor and you are in G

Link Posted: 3/2/2006 8:31:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Another_Dude:
Depends on what you call acceptable. The Beatles made a career out of stepping just outside of the lines. If you're truly in E major then you're only "legal" major chords would be E, A, and B, but F# major wouldn't be far out of line if you went from F# to B then E to resolve the end of a phrase. You may have slipped into a mode that makes these chords sound friendly to your ear, but to answer your question...no, it wouldn't fly from a theory point of view. YMMV

Legal chords in E major:

E, F#m, G#m, A, B, C#m.D#dim, E



Yes, what he said is correct!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 9:47:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By EvilDead:
It really depends. My rule with music, when all else fails, claim artistic license.



Absolutely correct... if it sounds right, it is.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 9:55:00 PM EDT
You might not actually be in E Major. You might be in some other mode of another scale....

Or it's an 'accidental'.. or whatver it's called when you use a chord outside of the key you're in...
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 10:58:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
If it sounds good, it is good. IMO



That's all you really need to know.

I've heard so much crappy music put out by technical musicians that I'll take good music by an untrained musician any day over them.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 11:25:22 PM EDT
There are no rules to notes/chords/progressions. There are only traditional pairings.
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 4:27:10 AM EDT
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