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Major to Minor: 12 Classic Riffs Re-Imagined in "Opposite" Keys

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How would Black Sabbath's iconic "Iron Man" riff sound if it were played in a major—instead of a minor—key?

How about the famously "major" opening riff from Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama"?

Well, wonder no more! A guitar-centric Facebook page called Music Is Win has posted a new clip that demonstrates 12 classic guitar riffs played in the "opposite" (or parallel/relative) key. Besides the two examples above, the guitarist in the clip also plays GNR's "Sweet Child O' Mine" in a minor key (as opposed to major), AC/DC's "Back in Black" (minor), Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" (major) and more.

Feel free to disagree, but the one that sounds the most natural is Aeromith's "Walk This Way," which is played as a nasty-sounding minor-key riff.

As always, enjoy!

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.