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Posted: 25 Apr 06, 17:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bb


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Posted: 25 Apr 06, 18:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bb .. ? haha sorry like minor, major, pentatonic?

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Posted: 25 Apr 06, 18:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bb majar!


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Posted: 25 Apr 06, 21:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The entire piece isn't in B-flat major tho...



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The yellow keys....

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Posted: 26 Apr 06, 15:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The opera bit is in A (major)


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Posted: 26 Apr 06, 15:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I figured that out by accident!


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Posted: 26 Apr 06, 16:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes, and the rock part is also in Bb.


And btw, I can actually play this silly song on piano! ;)


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Posted: 26 Apr 06, 20:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ahh! Last night I was watching some videos off of youtube, and I FINALLY figured out that cool scale-ish thing Freddie does in the middle of the last guitar solo.. erm.. right before the "ooh yeah, ooh yeah" part.. right at the end.. oh god, does anybody know what I'm talking about? Anywho- I was happy. :-D


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Yes, and the rock part is also in Bb.


And btw, I can actually play this silly song on piano! ;)


No, actually, the rock section of the piece sounds to me like it's in E flat major.

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Posted: 27 Apr 06, 10:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm quite sure it's in Bb.


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Posted: 27 Apr 06, 11:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Millionaire Waltz wrote:

I'm quite sure it's in Bb.


Not really. Listen to the rock section again because E flat major is four steps up from the key of B flat major. If it's still B flat then it would sound exactly like the very beginning.

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Posted: 27 Apr 06, 11:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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The Millionaire Waltz wrote:

I'm quite sure it's in Bb.


Not really. Listen to the rock section again because E flat major is four steps up from the key of B flat major. If it's still B flat then it would sound exactly like the very beginning.

You must mean the guitar solo... I was talking about when the singing comes in. But I believe the rest of the section is in Bb, isn't it? I just played along to the song on my synth, and you're right, it's Eb before the singing comes in, but then it changes to Bb.


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Posted: 27 Apr 06, 12:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bb majoy
Eb major
A major

and some little modulations to other keys


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MatiasMay wrote:

Bb majoy
Eb major
A major

and some little modulations to other keys


Er... what? Sorry, I don't get it?


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Posted: 27 Apr 06, 22:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<b><font color = "crimson">Thomas Quinn wrote:

It isn't Bb Major, it's B Major (or G minor)

The first piano part that is.


Sack your music teacher dude. It is NOT B Major. The B major scale is B, Bb, G#, F#, E, Eb, C#. I have never really tried to learn Bohemian Rhapsody, but I know the chords contained in the start are something like F, Bb, Cm, Gm, Eb, as many of Freddie's piano oriented compositions are composed of. No relation whatsoever to B major. Try and improv to the song with that scale and if it sounds OK to you then you need to stop playing.

Gm would be more accurate, but again, that in turn has no relationship whatever to B major. Gm's major equivalent is Bb major.

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Posted: 27 Apr 06, 22:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He's right, Thomas Quinn. The piece isn't B major because it's key signature is a half step down from B (which is a relative minor to A flat); therefore, the key signature is a half step up from B and it's B flat major, which is a relative minor to G (according to Justice).

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Posted: 28 Apr 06, 11:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sorry, I'm confused.... can't you just say Bb, instead of B flat major, or whatever you'd call it? The first seems more international.


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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 13:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

To be fair to Thomas Quinn, he may be using the German standard for naming notes, where Bb is known as B, and B is known as H.

I know some Scandinavian countries use this system too, so it's probably also used in Holland.

And Justice: you should sack your music teacher too. The scale of B Major contains no flats, being as it is a sharp key. The notes are B, C#, D#, E, F#, G# and A#.


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