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Aug 3, 2020 - 1:40:41 PM
193 posts since 6/11/2019


Ricky Skaggs:
If I had it All Again to Do

I hear the chords in the verse phrases as B-A-E...simile

Then the chorus introduces a D chord.

So is this in key of E or B-mixolydian?  Both have 4 sharps.  But chorus and song fade out in B.  However, D chord doesn't seem to fit in the "B" family, though it is bVII chord for key of E.  Some kind of back-cycling going on.

I suppose it doesn't really matter, but these mountain modal tunes Ricky does are hard to label a key on and I'd like to list it correctly in the repertoire.  

Hope it's not another can of theory worms--thanks.

Aug 3, 2020 - 1:49:09 PM

1797 posts since 8/27/2008

It goes from B Major, then B minor. The D Major chord is relative to Bm. As far as I'm concerned these distinctions have to do with how a tune is notated. That's up to who does the transcription.

Aug 3, 2020 - 2:00:46 PM

1411 posts since 4/6/2014

Sounds like Bm Dorian parent key A maj. Chords (triads) Bm A and Emaj.

Aug 3, 2020 - 7:07:15 PM

251 posts since 12/2/2013

Verse: B Mixolydian
chorus: D Lydian

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