Song key problems

Some customers get a little mixed up when it comes to song keys…

Hi, Kenny,
I downloaded
Broken strings backing track from you as I want to play it with my chromatic harmonica. The backing track says Db original key. The music I have is in B minor (two sharps) original key and it don’t sound right so I’m confused. Db major has five flats so that don’t sound right for James Morrison. I only play one song in Db major and that’s Duke Ellington’s In A Sentimental Mood which has a reedy sound to it. Please advise where I can get the sheet music vocal score from which matches the backing track I have. Thank you.

Hi Graham

No, there is no mistake. 

We created the backing track of Broken strings in the key of Db which matches the key of the original recording by James Morrison and Nelly Furtado.

The first chord of the song is a Bbm but as you know, the first chord of a song doesn’t dictate the key of a song of course – Bbm is a minor chord belonging to the key of Db. 

The music you have is wrong so my advice would be to take it back to the shop you bought it from and let them know and ask them to supply you the music sheet for the song in the correct original key of Db (Bbm).

You can hear the original recording of the song in the key of Db (the same key as our backing track) on youtube at: