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May 10, 2018, 10:37 PM

So I’ve been messing about on the piano today. I love minor keys so I usually gravitate to the minor (it’s a thing), but today I thought, I should force myself to write something in the most cheerful of keys, C major. Here’s the challenge…

Can any of you piano players on the forum write an uptempo arrangement in C major, piano only, that doesn’t sound like music meant for a Peanuts cartoon? I sure can’t. Every diddle I come up with sounds like it’s meant for Charlie Brown.

Sigh.

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Jenny Stokes Joined Sep 24, 2015
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May 10, 2018, 11:28 PM

I don’t get why C major would be any more cheerful than, say, G major or D major, which are the keys I tend to gravitate to when I sit down at the piano. I suppose it might be thought of as the Times New Roman of keys, because it’s sort of a default, but unusually cheerful?

 
     
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May 11, 2018, 02:55 AM

I don’t know that it’s more cheerful, but there’s something about the no sharps aspect of it that seems to catch me every time. Uptempo G and D don’t go Charlie Brown unless I set out to make them Charlie Brown tunes. C major…always Charlie Brown. It’s weird. I guess it’s just me. I gave up trying and wrote one in F# minor instead and another in B minor.

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May 11, 2018, 04:21 PM

No, I never had a problem like that. I mean, maybe I‘d have the same Problem if I could play any better to do uptempo songs…

Kidding: do you want me to help? 🤔

...every once in a while, I get in the mood or so…and start to play..

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May 11, 2018, 09:24 PM

Hi Martin. Thank you, but no. I’m actually not writing a song in C. I was just fooling around on the piano for fun. I just found it funny how it was C major, of all things, that stumped me.  :)

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Jul 24, 2018, 12:04 PM

There is no doubt that The Sharp keys tend be great for Soul and R and B

plus of course The Blues

I tend to sing ballads in   Eb   Bb   F   Ab

What I love to do is mix Major Keys with Minor Keys

Using Minor keys in the verse and major in the Chorus

It all depends on you Lyrics Emotion , it is something that

relates to ones character , you either have it or not.

 
     
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