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Good point about the Real Book changes, DJA. Would you care to post the correct chords for THE DUKE? I still think there's confusion though. Just because a melody contains all 12 notes doesn't mean it goes through 12 key centres. In fact the whole point about Twelve Tone music was that by giving equal weight to all 12 notes it avoids the concept of 'keys' entirely and gives an atonal result. Another example of a melody that does this is Miles Davis' MILES' MODE. Likewise, just because a bass line has all 12 notes doesn't mean it covers all the keys. The tune ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE mentioned by Malcolm is an example - there's a chord on every root, but there are only 5 main key centres, as follows (in order of appearance): Ab major, C major, Eb major, G major, E major.
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2013 on Walking through unfamiliar streets at Secret Society
I don't agree that THE DUKE goes through all 12 keys in the 'A' section - ie: the first 8 bars. Sorry to be so nerdish, but a more accurate statement would be to say that it contains a chord on every possible root, which is not the same thing. However, even that statement is not true, as there is no G chord in the A section. Please note the presence of a chord on a particular root doesn't necessarily imply a change to that key! For instance, the first two chords Cmaj7 and Fmaj7 are both in C major (I and IV). The next 4 chords are all in E minor (F#m7b5 is II, B7 is V, Em7 is I and Am7 is IV. Fm7-Bb7-Ebmaj7 is a II-V-I in the key of Eb major. And finally, Dm7-Db7-Cmaj7 is a II-V-I in C major (again), wiht a tritone sub on V (Db7). So at best it goes through 4 or 5 keys. Enough already! A tune that DOES go through all 12 keys is Bill Evans' COMRADE CONRAD...
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2013 on Walking through unfamiliar streets at Secret Society
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