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Old 18th July 2019
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Originally Posted by RyanC View Post
I can't agree on that one, Hotel California is in Bm/Dmaj. The G in the chorus is a IV chord not a I (or a VI chord in Bm). It's not Am in the verse it's Amaj. There is never a C natural in the song (to suggest the key of G maj) and if you add extensions to the chorus it's a C# that sounds right (Gmaj7#11, Dmaj7, F#7 and Bm9) not C natural.

The chorus is IV-I-V/vi-vi-IV-I-ii-V/vi in D maj or VI-III-V-i-VI-III-iv-V in Bmin. If we consider the F# major to be diatonic to B harmonic minor, then the only non-diatonic chord in the song is the E major in the verse.
Well the G is clearly lydian. I don't necessarily denote a key signature to assigning or identifying the tonic (especially for non-classical tunes). If so then one would have to say that C blues is in the key of F...who thinks like that? The mode that it's in to me determines what you call it. Like So What, which is in D dorian - who the hell says that it's in C major?

To me Hotel California is the duality between B min and G major. It's like when the verse goes to the chorus, bam, you're there seamlessly in G (it's a deceptive cadence from the F#7 - it's an arrival). I don't think D maj for one second when the chorus hits.