It takes an incredible amount of talent and knowledge to write a beautiful and meaningful composition. And even playing or singing it may require a godlike skill from you. However, sometimes, in order to perform a song, you need to lower it a bit. There’s nothing bad about it, we all have different voices. Luckily, you don’t have to be an expert at the music theory to be able to do it. In this article, we are talking through some specific easy ways to change the key of a song so that you could sing it more authentically.
Africa Studio / Shutterstock.com
How to change the key of a song
Of course, it would be great if you knew the basics terms from the music theory. But don’t worry, if you are just a beginner, there are simple ways to change the key of any song. We’ll start with piano players. First of all, you need to know the key of the song you want to perform. So if you want to make the song a half tone lower, you should change each note you play one key left. This process is called transposing. So, for instance, if the song was written in the C major key, it will now be in the B major key. Don’t forget that every note you will sing should also be lowered by 0.5 tones.
You can keep changing the key of a song until you feel it fits your voice perfectly. It is worth mentioning though that sometimes you simply should improve your vocal technique a little bit instead of lowering the song.
PORNCHAI SODA / Shutterstock.com
Changing the key of a song on guitar
For guitar players it is usually a bit more difficult to change the key than it is for piano players due to mechanical reasons. Sometimes it can be mechanically impossible to play the melody of a specific song, when it’s in a different key. That’s when a special simple device called a capo comes to save every guitarist. This is a special clamp that shortens the length of the guitar strings, so that they create higher pitches. For instance, if you put your capo on the second fret of the guitar, you will be able to play the same chords but one tone higher. So if you play C major, it will now sound as D major.
And if you want to lower the key, you will need to basically do the same as with piano – change every single note, which means you have to change the chords you play. For example, you have a song with a chord progression C - G - F and want to make the key one tone lower. To do so, you will have to play new chord progression A sharp - F - D sharp.
JIPEN / Shutterstock.com
It might be hard at the beginning, especially if you are totally new to music. However, the more you transpose, the easier it gets. After a hundred of such procedures, you will be able to do it automatically. Music indeed is tough at the beginning, but it is also so addictive. Any good musician is not only talented, but also educated. We highly recommend you learning the music theory if you want to succeed.