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Tony Wilder

Hi. I am just now getting a grip on playing in different keys. Some of the free lessons that you offer on scales and string/finger exercises have really helped here. I have avoided these things in the past – because I foolishly could not see the value. In reality, these really help my ear PLUS my hands.

The question that I have is really about songs like This Little Light…
For whatever reason, I have not really considered these capo up to A or B songs to be in a different key – because the positions are the same as G.

What I want to know (finally getting around to the question) is why choose A?
In a jam setting, I know that I may need to play whatever key is chosen. But are there other reasons as well? Position, tone, experience, tradition, common vocal?

Anyway, thanks for those scale lessons. They are the greatest!