And we’re off to a good start with 1sale.
See you all at the midway point!
Fun fact, there are really only 24 major and minor keys (one minor and one major for each key on the piano), but if you build keys on the cycle of fourths and fifths (and take into account C Major and A minor), you end up with 30 keys, why? Because some of them are redundant, and have enharmonic equivalents. C-Flat Major for example – most people would just call that B Major, and indeed, The 5 accidentals in B Major are easier to keep track of than the 7 accidentals in C-Flat major, but the notes in each key are identical. Likewise, most people will take D-Flat major over C-Sharp Major, again we have 5 accidentals vs 7.
The thing I’ve always wondered about though, and what keeps me up at night is F-Sharp vs G-Flat. Same exact number of accidentals – one is sharp and one is flat – but is either key redundant? Does it matter? Anyway take away the six major/minor keys that are enharmonic equivalents and you get 30-6=24. Magic!All that being said, I tend not to think about keys too much and just focus on melody, harmony, and intervals – the key only really comes into play when I go to notate my music, and usually I end up having to pick the “closest” key and add some accidentals here and there. I don’t think you even need to stick to a key to have a commercial or successful sounding track.
D# minor…..yuck! (just convert to Eb minor)
A# minor…..yuck! (just convert to Bb minor)
Fb major….yuck! (just convert to E major)
I’ve lost track of the amount of times in the past that I’ve been sight reading music and had to physically “stop” at an Fb or Cb chord while I waited for my brain to process it. The problem is that instead of the reading being a one step process (i.e. just read the notes) it becomes a two-step process (i.e. you have to read the notes and then convert it)
Of course, the use of these extreme key signatures relates to the home key in music of the past. If a piece of music starts in C# major, then it will modulate to the relative A# minor rather than the easier Bb minor enharmonic. The Great Composers were also master mathematicians in my opinion.
EDIT: Small milestone, I have 400 sales right now
Congrats Raquel! You’re catching me up, even with a lot less tracks in your portfolio.
P.S. There are now nearly 11,000 AudioJungle authors with one sale or more. I’m pretty sure that was around 6,000 (maybe even less) when I joined over 2 years ago.
I once got scared when I accidently hit one of those black thinner keys either side of D as I was minoring to my hearts content – man that was so extreme it blew my mind.
I once tried delicately skipping along the black keys of my piano, but I fell off and broke an ankle! Never again!
A crazy month for me, but overall, an “average” one.
Weeks 1-2 ….2 sales
Week 3….12 sales (more please )
Week 4…..back to 2 sales again
Over and out!
My top seller “Quirky” is in this video.
After one of my best weeks, the sales have just stopped again. Nothing for three days!