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Thread #86187   Message #1601238
Posted By: GUEST,Dazbo
10-Nov-05 - 04:13 AM
Thread Name: 'Right' and 'Wrong' Keys
Subject: 'Right' and 'Wrong' Keys
Currently on Melodeon.Net there is a discussion about whether there are right or wrong keys to play a tune in.

The argument seems to boil down to a number of points:

1) when Just temperament was used the key did matter as the different keys were perceived to be 'heroic' or 'melancholic' etc.

2) the almost universal use of equal temperament in modern, western, music means that the different feel of the the keys has been eroded by the straight-jacket of equal temperament

3) even with equal temperament (or earlier attempts to have a way of tuning to play in all keys) has not affected the difference in the feel of the keys

So do you think there are right or wrong keys to play a tune in? Is it more down to personal preference rather than any quality attributed to a particular key? Do different temperaments affect the feel of a key differently?