It’s Music Monday!
This week on Music Monday, we’ll be opening our heart and diving into the music of:
There’s a new land out there. We’ll be taking a look at one of the most memorable melodies in the Series: Dearly Beloved
As always, plug in your headphones(or speakers) and get your key blades ready. It’s time to explore a “New Land”
Finally, the best part. I’ts weapon selection Time!
What Key is it in?
Notice the emphasis on key? haha.
One way to figure what key something is in is by hearing the first note of the melody. Next, simply find that note on your instrument and play a major or minor scale. We’ll use this song as an example:
When the melody begins at 0:26, the first chord note we hear is an A-flat. Which then moves to B-Flat and E-flat. Start testing those 3 starting notes and play the major scale for each of those. Eventually, you will hear a scale that sounds right with the song. In this case, it was the E-flat major scale. Go ahead and play that scale while the song is running and see what I mean. The more practice with this, the easier it will be to identify a key. There are many other ways you can identify a key, this is just one of the ways. Let’s continue.
Believe it or not, but there are only 4 chords to this song. That’s right! 4!
The chords are pretty simple actually. Take a listen to the background piano from 0:26-0:36. If we take a listen, we hear the notes A-flat and B-flat.
But how do we know this?
In every key, we follow a formula in order to identify if the chord is major or minor. This is most often used in Jazz but can apply in any genre. When you hear “This is the I chord” it essentials means it’s the first chord of the scale. Take a look at this:
I ii iii IV V vi vii M m m M M m d
This key will help a lot. What this means is that the I IV & V chord are major. The II III & VI chord is minor. The “d” stands for diminished but we’ll focus on that later. Having knowledge on this will help you to identify what type of chord to play in any key. If we look at the key of C, we have:
C d e F G a b
I ii iii IV V vi vii
This means that the C F & G are the major chords and II III & V will be minor. Let’s use an example, we’re in the key of C and want to play this :
I IV II
What chords are these?
If you said C major, F major, & D minor then you’re correct!
Now if we look at the melody, we’re in E-flat. We’ll be using the chords:
III IV I
What chords are these?
If you said A-flat major, B-flat major, and E-flat major then you are right!
This requires an understanding of scales and chords. If you’re having trouble with scales, take a look at a previous Music Monday:
Here I discuss a little on how to identify what key we’re in.
Now at 0:42-0:52 the melody plays the same chords but it’s a little different at the end.
Instead of: III IV I
We hear: III IV v
There appears to be a lower case “v” instead of an uppercase one.
What do I do????
Don’t worry, all these means is that the chord is now minor instead of major. If you look back at our key(no pun intended) notice the “V” is major instead of minor. Some songs will have a change like this so keep that in mind. It’s important to remember the upper case and lower case is very important to identify a chord. Keep in mind that there are several different ways to play one single chord so choose one to your liking.
That’s pretty much all the chords in this melody. Now let’s take a look at the melody.
It gets even better. This whole melody can be played within the E-flat Major scale!
The text above does not lie. This song can be played with just one scale! The E-flat major scale can be played on the 11th fret of the E string.
First, we start on the note C(0:26), which is on the 10th fret of the D string. Afterward, we then hit the note G on the 10th fret of the D string. Next, we hit the note F which is found on the 13th fret of the low E string. Lastly, D which is found on the 12th fret of the D string. Repeat this 2 times till we notice a little change. At 0:34-0:35, simply move to the 13th fret afterward.
Lastly, When you hit the note G which will be on the 12th fret of the G string, just descend the scale till you reach A-flat. The E-flat major scale can be played on the 11th fret of the E string. Finally, hit the note G (0:36) which will be on the 12th fret of the G string. Here comes the easy part, all that needs to be done here is:
Descend the scale till you reach A-flat.
And that’s it! Another thing to notice is the melody repeats itself and sometimes is played up an octave.
Crazy to think that this simple piece can be played in just one position. In conclusion, it just goes to show how easy melodies can be learned once you figure out small details.
Thanks for reading! Hope you found/learned a bit more about this iconic piece. Tune in next week to find out what world we go to next on Music Monday! 😀
Finally, plan on getting Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5. At least we got a release year for Kingdom Hearts 3.
Hopefully, that doesn’t delay…