how to choose a scale for a song?

i understand how to find chords for a song, after a scale is determined. but when writing a song from scratch. how do i determine what key and scale ?

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Hi There,

I suppose it would depend on the mood you would like to convey in the song. I'm not much of a songwriter, but there's the old cliche that says a "sad" song uses a minor key and a "happy" song uses a major key. If you want to get into modes there are many variations on that to fill all the moods in between. Just experiment and do what you feel.


Dec 07, 2016

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