Originally Posted by mylesp
how do i keep in key with my beats? just stay in the scale? lol
or do i stay in the notes that are used only in the chord progression?
Find the root note of what you're listening to on your keyboard.
Most likely, this will be the note heard on the 1.
I'll assume you know what major scales and minor scales sound like.
...If not Major = Happy, Minor = Sad, more or less.
Practice and remember the following:
Major Scale: Whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole, step, whole step, half step.
Minor Scale: Whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step
A whole step is where you skip a key. Half step is where you don't skip a key.
Example 1: C to D is a whole step.
Example 2: C to C#/Db is a half step.
Once you've found the root and identified if it's a major or minor scale, follow the whole step/half step thing to stay in key...more or less.
This is in regards to heptatonic scales, such as major and minor, which have 7 notes.
Pentatonic, mentioned earlier, uses 5 notes.
Probably as simple as you can get music theory wise, but it helped me out a lot when I first started out and I was glad someone showed this to me.