Talk:A minor

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G natural or sharp[edit]

There seems to be some disagreement as to whether A minor contains the note G or G-sharp. As we all know, the natural minor has a G-natural, the harmonic minor has a G-sharp, and the melodic minor has both, depending whether it's ascending or descending. Comments? -GTBacchus(talk) 20:14, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

Keyboard Fingering[edit]

It would be a good idea to add the standard keyboard fingering for a two-octave A minor scale.'

Here you are.

RH: 1-2-3-1-2-3-4-1-2-3-1-2-3-4-5

LH: 5-4-3-2-1-3-2-1-4-3-2-1-3-2-1 -Protactinium-231

ALL Minor Key Articles[edit]

I'm putting this comment in the A minor article quite arbitrarily but here goes.

Any music theory teacher will tell you that you would never ask for the notes of an A minor scale on a test or anywhere else. You have to be more specific - do you want A natural minor, harmonic minor, or what? These key signature pages tend to be a mess. They need pictures of the scales, sound clips of the scales being played, and fingering charts for the scales for as many instruments as possible. Now I can do fingerings for piano and most of the brass instruments, but others will have to come along and help for the rest.

Any comments on this? Objections? Other ideas for what to add to scale pages? -Aerlinndan 12:38, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

You say these pages are a mess but then instead you list things they lack rather than things that need to be corrected. Wrong things must be corrected right away, while things that need to be added can wait.
I guess it would be nice to have fingerings for piano. But for winds we run into problems: do you want to put fingerings for clarinet in B-flat, or clarinet in A, or both? For horns I guess the choice is between horn in F and horn in B-flat, while for trumpets you probably only need to worry about the B-flat. And what about trombones? I hear that in England their tenor trombones are based on the G harmonic series. Anton Mravcek 23:24, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

Origin of the musical alphabet[edit]

Was there a time in which A minor was the usual key to play music in, thereby making A-B-C-D-E-F-G-A the obvious way to name the notes? DanBishop (talk) 07:34, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

That's a very good question. According to the booklet for the Eichhorn recording of Bruckner's Ninth, C major replaced D minor as the "primo tonus" of music. As far as I know, A minor has never been the "primo tonus." Dmetric 20:54, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Sources for Songs[edit]

Add these songs to the list if you can find sources for them:

Hello - Lionel Richie X Files Theme —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:46, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

I guess I don't know what they mean by adding sources to these songs. 'Losing My Religion' is the song, and REM is the Source. What's the problem? If you need more verification that the song is in the key of A Minor, pick up a guitar or pony up to a piano and learn how to play it? Do they want the sheet music publisher's name?...record company name?...I don't get it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:22, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

The reader playing the piece on the piano is not verification because it requires them to be able to play the piano. And even if they can play the piano, they may inadvertently transpose into another key. However, the sheet music is a perfectly good source that's so obvious I don't think we need to explicitly list it. Along similar lines, I've removed the 'Unreferencedsection' tag from the 'Well-known classical compositions in this key' section. The score (and, in many cases, even the title!) is a perfectly good reference that the piece is in A minor. I suppooooooose somebody could demand citations for the pieces being well-known but, hey, the composers are indubitably well-known and I don't think there's much room for argument on the individual pieces, either. Dricherby (talk) 20:09, 7 October 2011 (UTC)

sound of a key?[edit]

"Johann Joachim Quantz considered A minor, along with C minor, much more suitable for expressing "the sad affect" than other minor keys"

There seem to be statements like this in a lot of these key signature/scale pages. However, the western tuning system has changed significantly since Johann Joachim Quantz and his contemporaries made these statements. The keys that they describe do not sound the same anymore. Can we either delete these or emphasize that they are no longer accurate, and describe the sound of keys in a historical tuning system? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:38, 1 May 2013 (UTC)