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Just realized how cool the key change to the solo is in "Don't Fear the Reaper" - A minor to the chromatic mediant key of C minor using common pitches /thread
#musictheory #blueoystercult #guitar #songwriting
The song is in an Aeolian A minor but we get that G# sounding like a leading note after the fermata Am chord before the solo enters. The G# and C (from the Am) are reinterpreted as the third (Ab) and 5th of an Fm chord in the first solo arpeggio (F Ab C)
which then moves to a G7/F arpeggio (F-G-B) with the bass now staying consistent - these become iv and V[4/2] in the new key. We then get a solo in a functional C minor, where leading notes are raised.
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