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Old 2002-09-16, 04:40
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music theory question...chords/melody

Hi, I know this is a somewhat novice question to some, but I was curious. If I am recording a song in, let's say, the KEY Of E, where I am playing the chords e/a/b/e on my keyboard, how do I figure the melody notes I can play.

I know the E-Major scale notes are e/f#/G#/A/B/C#/D#/e
Does this mean I can play any of these notes along with the A and B chords also?

Looking at my scale chart, it looks like the I/II/III/V/VI notes of the E major scale are the only notes that match with all the chords. Does this mean I am limited to just using these notes if I want to play a consistent melody with transposing?

thanks for any help, MisterMike

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