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  1. #1 What are songs be played in C major? 
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    Hello,

    what are songs that are be played in C major? Do you guys think any song could be played in C major? Songs are transposed, however, to be sung easier, I'm certain.

    Have you some Internet links of sites or databases handy, probably, which let me search for songs in C major? I don't find any. Sorry.

    The Rolling Stones's 'Honky Tonk Woman' was played in C major, I know.

    Thanx a lot,
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    There are hundreds of websites with songs by chord and tab.

    Try www.Chordie.com Use the alphaet list by 'song' and not 'artist'

    Chordie has a built-in chord transposer for those songs not in the key of 'C' or for whatever key you wish to use.


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    Hey,

    thanks that's cool. I think I just want to talk. I thought I could search even for songs only played in C. But, now I realize it's pretty much up to you how to play the song.

    So, I would tune the G string to F# and stick to C major, G major, A minor (that I love a lot I found out ) and to G major all the time. That's quite cool.

    Think of what a challenge it just was.

    Do you play guitar for long?

    Steve

    PS I have been listening to songs recently and have been kinda hit by it.

    I thought, hey does Tom Petty actually stick to C all the time, or was Keith Richards going to change some when? Or Peter Maffay, was he in love with the F major chord the most? Amazing!!!

    I always wanted to tune the G string to F# since I always find myself there again, trying out rhythm, though I actually should be fully lost by then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Miller
    Do you guys think any song could be played in C major?
    Yes. Any music that is in a major key can be played in C Major.
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    Hello Lyn,

    thank you for your reply. I think I'm very much into playing the electric guitar although I'm a drummer (Schlagzeuger ) in the first place.

    But, I noticed recently all my day was going around playing electric guitar. The best about that was that, despite I was playing drums since 1986, I used to have an acoustic guitar only for a short while a few years ago.

    I kept it stored away usually in a wardrobe not paying to much attention to it. It still was in its original box and was a poor one sold by a coffee roasting establishment. Not to bad, but the finger board used to be pretty wide so that it was a pain to play the d*** thing. However, I got myself a book that told about the chords and lyrics of a few songs and I kept going.

    Then, one day, I smashed this guitar at the railing of the balcony of the apartment I used to live in. The guitar went in pieces and I was glad when I took the rest down and dumped them. It was like freeing myself again.

    Nevertheless, I still played drums which I ever felt was an enrichment in my life.

    Later, I got the point that it was essential to get to the bottom of it all. This acoustic guitar was not for me, which but was not true for an electric one.

    So as I said recently I was kind hit by it while being listening to certain artists. I, by the way, think that I was still considering anything guitar but no real notion of what was going on.

    To come to your kind reply,... one moment please I need to search for what you said, firstly.

    No but I bet I could play songs written in a minor key in C major as well. I don't think I'll be a musician anyway, but playing guitar on a camp fire like way.

    Steve
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    Udo Jürgens seems to love the C major chord the most too.

    Steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Miller
    I bet I could play songs written in a minor key in C major as well.
    Strictly speaking, yes, you can play minor keys in C Major if you wish. But then you'd be changing the song. Broadly speaking, the major and minor keys are defined by the relationships between their respective notes, and the minor keys have different relationships from the major keys. The reason you can play any major key in C Major is because the relationships remain intact: even if you transpose something from A Major to C Major, the first scale degree will still be four semitones away from the third scale degree, nine semitones away from the sixth scale degree, etc. But the minor key is defined by a different set of relationships altogether (e.g. the first scale degree is THREE semitones away from the third scale degree and EIGHT semitones away from the sixth scale degree), so changing a song from minor to major means changing the relationships, which effectively means changing the song.

    So you are right that you can play minor songs in C Major, but then you really wouldn't be playing the same song anymore.
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    Broadly speaking...most rock is played in A or E (lots of exceptions).

    Learn a half dozen power chords (only 2 fingers needed)... and the E pentatonic scale (only 5 notes) and you can be an instant rock star. You could get on stage and 'fake it' after a couple of weeks' practice.

    You mention 'C' major. C major is popular but not as popular on guitar as it is on the piano. Folk, country, traditional ballads, hymms, etc are often played in C major. A lot of country is in A, G, and D.

    I play mostly blues so I spend a lot of time in E and A. I also play classical (whatever key the piece is in) and Spanish ...usually E with unique Spanish scales.

    Youtube has thousands of guitar teaching videos. Ive played guitar for decades but still like to go to Youtube...not so much to learn to play a tune but more for the musician's 'approach' to a song. Guitar is as much a culture as an insrument. There are lots of Internetguitar discussion groups on which no question is too stupid.
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    raptordogets,

    you shouldn't bear with me. I have learned all of this and then I stopped playing guitar for a while. I kinda needed to free myself of everything I learned before, I thought.

    I'm not supposed to be a rock star anyway, I wear trousers and consider myself a blues man. Since, rock was the German word for a skirt. And if it gets as evil as you can imagine soonly you'll speak about, not only rock music, but ost (= east ) rock. And, believe me on it, that's where it's going. And I don't go there, no way.

    The cause I want to stick to C major was, It's said C major was the natural blues scale. However, that's not being true I think, but was quite a statement. Further, I went to a music school for four years. Three of which I was attending music theory as well. My actual other subject was drums. Therefore music theory was not for me, to a large extent. Nevertheless, I agree music theory subject matters seem intelligible.The least to subscript b's and #'s indexing black keys (on the piano ). Anything beside I couldn't comprehend said frankly - despite anything rhythm - which didn't change much until today.

    What I'm intending to say was I'll try to play rhythm guitar. When you would think on a band scenario on stage, I think, the rhythm guitar player, somehow, always merely follows the snare drum. Don't know if you'll agree? By the time I'm typing this text, I'm pretty much glad if I don't delete anything by mistake before literally posting it.

    But, let me continue please, to follow of the snare drum C major was what it takes. In case I'm going to sing the song I probably will not sing what I'm playing on guitar. That's kind of my way, you know.

    Let me please know whether or not they could help you on one of these groups. Might be I come across other folks who are being in need of help in this regard. I would be glad to let them know. Thanxs so much.


    Lyn,

    I basically like to say. I'll play else than I'm going to sing. The singer I think follows the bass drum, not the snare drum. I simply want to find the time to focus on rhythm not paying too much attention where I would change to... next.

    That's what I like to do Kind of my personal way. I think its gonna work. At best I would stick to A minor all the time.

    Steve
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