HGBC Song Keys
This page looks at the keys which are most frequently used for worship songs at Hither Green Baptist Church.
During 2000 we have sung 438 songs where the key has been recorded. The table to the right shows the keys these songs were in.
As can be seen, G major is the most popular key. In fact, all the top slots have been taken by the first four sharp keys - G major (1 sharp), D major (2 sharps), E major (4 sharps) and A major (3 sharps). This could have something to do with being more of a guitar based band, with the fact that most of our worship leaders play guitar or bass, or due to those factors being true in the settings that origated the songs we do.
All in all, our choice of keys is fairly conservative. We stretch up to one more sharp (B major) and every step down through C (no sharps or flats), F (1 flat), Bb (2 flats) and Eb (3 flats), to Ab (4 flats). The only minor key was Em (1 sharp)... we must be a happy bunch!
Remember of course that there are about 150 instances of songs where the key is not recorded (I only started collecting this part way through the year, following a discussion on Churchbass).
This represents 132 individual songs. As above, the table on the right shows the keys these songs are in.
Generally the proportions are roughly the same, although our prediliction for G major becomes even more apparent. Maybe G major is God's key...? (no - I'm only joking!)
One final comment is worth making. The song in the key of B major is Lord, Let Your Glory Fall by Matt Redman. As written it is actually in D major. However, this seemed to high to sing, so I rewrote the chords in B major.
The only other transposition we do on a regular basis is to play songs in Eb major in the key of D major (if we have no melody instrument reading the tune - this means the guitarists don't have to find their capos)... but we've hardly done any songs in Eb this year so it hasn't really applied!
See the worship section of the Jesus Freak page for more information about worship at Hither Green Baptist Church.