My Favorite Keys (E-flat)
E flat was made for R&B .
Stevie knows it. Jill Knows it. John Legend knows it. E flat is a great key for singing! For musicians, it is a great way to cheat because there are a lot of black keys in that key. I am one of the most right handedly challenged piano players ever so that works for me! I can slip down from an A0flat to a B flat on mistake and look like a beast!
The notes in a major scale are:
Take that third note (G) down a half step and you are in what I like to call Black Key Heaven (copyright denied) E-flat minor is even better! I love to play around there. It’s great for not only R&B but gospel, jazz and rock.
For vocalists, it is in that sweet spot. It is in a comfortable range for males and females and it allows you to go anywhere for runs and note-bending. To the casual listener it might sound like any regular song . But for many, that key is where most songs start.
So if you are a budding composer or writer, plat around in the land of E flat and see what music you can create. Try listening to Jill Scott’s The Way and get some ideas of how E flat minor can ork for you. It is one of my favorite keys.