Spending hours on working towards finding key of a song may not give you results as the technique and method you may be spending time on isn’t correct. Many of the musicians are found trying to identify key of a song with the use of various software products. Just to find out key, these products make use of different complicated analysis methods over the desired source of music. These methods are not only time consuming but they would cost you a good amount of money for the software. Why to hassle yourself, when your desired task can be performed with a simple task that merely take few minutes. This method is nothing but using your ear with your piano for identifying the key.
Figure out Key of a Song:
There is no magic but a simple understanding that your brain has some gravitational centers for music that understand it really well and the connections of brain that enforces understanding of music are called keys. Thus when you listen to a song, your brain kinds of identify the melody and its progression. So while listening to a song, if you stop it in middle of a certain melody; you brain would be able to identify the progression and thus would know what chord would be played next. This is the key to identifying key of a song.
Knowing key of a song is significant if you wish to play that song or melody. Once you know the key of the song, you will be able to identify its melody and chords included easily. It would then be pretty simple for you to play it over your piano!
5 simple steps
Step 1: Listen to the Song and Feel the Music!
In order to get the tune of song in your mind and soul, you should listen to the song and feel its music. Feeling the song would enable the track tune to stay inside your mind.
Step 2: Hum to Identify the Root Note!
Humming a note is another step towards achieving the goal of finding key note of a song. As you hum a note, your mind will identify and signify one note that works well throughout the song. It happens in most of the cases that brain will give you root note of a song as a result of humming. In other cases, you may be only at a minor distance from key note of the song. Just keep on listening and hum note. Humming may appear to be a little different and strange method but it works well for identifying root note of a song.
Step 3: Track the Note over your Piano!
Once you have identified the key note, next step would be to track that note on your piano. You can begin from anywhere you want and try to find the note all through the keyboard until you are completely sure of having find the right one. In the beginning you may be making some errors and would need multiple trials. But with practice, you will become quicker at this step and others.
Step 4: Try to Replicate the Melody!
After you have found the key note on your piano keyboard, you are now all set to track the melody and build the scale. As you practice various tones and melodies, you will figure out that most of the songs are written in minor scale and thus you should build minor scale with the key note identified on the keyboard.
Practice more and more as there is no perfect theory for learning to find notes of a song. Practice is the only key that would improvise your skills of piano playing and thus would enable you to identify key of a song by ear more effectively and quickly.
Step 5: Time for some Fun!
Now is the time to have fun with the notes and melody that you are practicing. You can add variations and try different notes for the melody in order to make the melody lively. In the beginning it will surely sound simple but with practice you will soon be playing like a pro.
Following these simple steps would enable you to get track of the key note of a song only by hearing it with you ears. No need of musical sheets and you will be able to replicate the rhythm over piano with play by ear method. Try your hands on different types of song belonging to varied genres and backgrounds. This would give you diversity and would enable you to play with versatility. You may opt for any other method of your choice that you mind more comfortable with but these simple steps (with practice) would give beneficial results.