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Old 01-20-2021, 06:10 AM
JonPR JonPR is offline
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Originally Posted by Andyrondack View Post
No that chord progression resolves to G, it's in the key of G. Theres no rule that states a chord progression has to begin on the tonic chord, try playing Mr Tambourine man.

But I wouldn't be quite as dogmatic as that. It's possible Em-C-D-G is in the key of E minor. It's just a lot more likely that G will sound like the key chord, which (as you say) means it IS the key chord.

But if the sequence continued as Em-C-D-G-Am-B7-Em, then we'd say the whole thing was in the key of E minor, because that's where it ends up; despite the brief IV-V-I to G in the middle.
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