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About Keys

Tempo and time signature together define the rhythmic structure of your song. Now we need to talk about another characteristic of music: pitch. For each song, you need to choose a key. A key consists of a main note (called the tonic) and a scale that begins on that note. A song in a particular key will, in general, begin on the tonic and end on that note. The chords that accompany the song will be made up mostly of notes in the scale that starts on the tonic.


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