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GUEST,Chicken Charlie How much difference does the Key make? (106* d) RE: How much difference does the Key make? 08 Mar 08


Having re-read previous posts, I see I managed not to answer the original questions. No, Tim, I don't think we learn anything meaningful about the song or the singer by knowing what key the original was in. No, changing the key, IMO, does not change the song. The reason it "matters" if you change the key is not that I will call the Key Police if I learn you have, but it's the most commonsense reason: I can't sing "Jeannie" in the key Foster wrote it in without my voice breaking. So I have to either forego singing it, make my audience uncomfortable or change the key.

I do think, now that I think of it, that one should not perform too many songs in the same key in a row. In some opinions, it bores the audience.

Plato somewhere--I have to look it up--said there were some modes that he didn't think should ever be sung in. They were immoral, and civilization would collapse if they were used. But that's modes, and you can't change from one mode to another without changing the intervals in the melody--you CAN change keys and not change intervals.

Chicken Charlie, who hopes he did better this time. :)


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