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Old 06-09-2019, 02:33 PM
sirwhale sirwhale is offline
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Default Key of A major but tonality in D?


I have just started looking at playing Lampedusa arranged by Derek Gripper:

The tuning is DADF#BE, so it definitely looks to favour songs in D.

The key signature however portrays the song in the key of A major, with sharps on F, C, and G.

Then the song continually resolves to D throughout.

It is obviously Malian, and not traditionally Western, but can someone explain some of the theory here. Why the key of A but then a tonality of D.

Is it just a different scale being used for D with 1, 2, 3, 5b, 5, 6, 7?
Guitar: Camps Primera Negra A (a flamenco guitar)
Strings: Aquila Rubino, Knobloch CX, Aquila Alchemia
I play: Acoustic blues & folk
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