why is d minor the saddest key?

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  1. Ren Chin profile image83
    Ren Chinposted 7 years ago

    why is d minor the saddest key?

  2. Ari Lamstein profile image79
    Ari Lamsteinposted 7 years ago

    Well, I'm not sure that D Minor is in fact the saddest key.  When I was first learning music theory, though, I wondered if composers felt that certain keys "felt" different than others.  I don't have perfect pitch (or a particularly good ear!), so I never really got an answer.

    However, I can tell you that D Minor is a particularly popular key on the guitar.  The normal tuning of a guitar is tunes the strings to E-A-D-G-B-E.  However, when playing in D Minor (or D Major, for that matter), it is common to tune the bass string down a full step to D.

    A great example of this is Miguel Llobe's "El Testament D'Amelia" which is a sad piece written in D Minor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wmgfy_hBJcg).

    Also, one of my favorite pieces is Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, which I wrote a hub about (http://hubpages.com/hub/Bachs-Toccata-a … heet-Music).

  3. timmartin profile imageSTAFF
    timmartinposted 7 years ago

    I don't know about D Minor but it does appear that their is a link between minor keys and sadness. Here is an article about the study http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/tomserv … -music-sad

  4. ezhang profile imageSTAFF
    ezhangposted 7 years ago

    Anybody interested in giving me piano lessons? smile

  5. 6 String Veteran profile image61
    6 String Veteranposted 7 years ago

    Instruments MUSTbe taken into consideration here. Is Dm the saddest on piano? On lute? Guitar? Viola? Each instrument's range and tonal qualities are different, affecting this answer.~


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