Tune the Third!

Ever since I began to gain an understanding of basic music theory, I have found that the funniest musical joke you can make is to take a familiar melody in a major key, and play it in a minor key, or vice versa.  For the uninitiated, all that means is to change two (or sometimes just one, or sometimes  three, don’t worry about it) notes in the tune.*

I had a music teacher once who played Frosty the Snowman in a minor key, it was hysterical.

Now the Vimeo channel Major Scaled that is doing just that, by digitally altering minor-key pop songs into a major tonality, to hilarious effect.  Check out this rather jaunty little tune:

Major Scaled #2 : REM – “Recovering My Religion” from major scaled on Vimeo.


Songs that once had menacing gravitas now seem uplifting:

Major Scaled #1 : Metallica – “Nothing Else Majeur” from major scaled on Vimeo.


*Here’s a quick tutorial:  If you sat at a piano and played a C Major scale, you would play all the white keys from C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C.  To change that to a minor scale, you would play C,D, E-flat, F, G, A-flat, B, C.  (Music theory nerds, yes I know there’s more to it than that, I’m trying not to confuse people.)  More detail can be found here.


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