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Bm or G maj?

Posted by Rex Hamilton III 
Bm or G maj?
May 14, 2017 11:26AM
Take this progression: Bm > G > D > A.

This can be in Bm but also sounds great as a bridge or pre-chorus of G maj and as a result am torn between soloing with B aeolian or B phrygian. I know it's my choice to create whatever tonality I want but is there a clear indication as to which key/mode it's in?

If the rest of the song was G based then it'd be fair to say it's B phrygian but if this is all there is - no other chords - then......?
Viz
Re: Bm or G maj?
May 14, 2017 12:58PM
Well as you've got an A major, it's pretty odd to have a C natural in the bm chord (not saying you can't but you'd normally have an a minor in that progression if you wanted to play b phrygian). Incidentally your progression is the ole axis of awesome 4 chords, but starting halfway through (on the vi if you will); like that recent Adele song.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/14/2017 01:00PM by Viz. (view changes)
Re: Bm or G maj?
May 15, 2017 11:24AM
I meant A minor chord not A major.
Viz
Re: Bm or G maj?
May 15, 2017 12:00PM
Ah-ha well there you go! Phrygian it is :)
Re: Bm or G maj?
May 15, 2017 01:42PM
Thanks but if it was A major then it would be B aeolian right?
Viz
Re: Bm or G maj?
May 16, 2017 05:43AM
Yep. You can always tell phrygian whenever the vii chord is minor (and or the II chord is a bII major)
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