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#1925929 - 04/12/08 12:44 PM OT: Hava Nagila during hockey games.
Ed Coury Offline
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Does anyone know why Hava Nagila, when played during NHL hockey games, is played in a major key?
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#1925932 - 04/12/08 12:48 PM Re: OT: Hava Nagila during hockey games. [Re: Ed Coury]
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Ed, check your PM.
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#1925935 - 04/12/08 01:03 PM Re: OT: Hava Nagila during hockey games. [Re: Steve Force]
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I'm pretty sure the main part of Hava Nagila is in a major key. My funk band plays a few Jewish weddings each year. The backing chords at the beginning are major with the horn part being minor. We do G major to c minor.

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#1925949 - 04/12/08 01:25 PM Re: OT: Hava Nagila during hockey games. [Re: eric]
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 Originally Posted By: eric
I'm pretty sure the main part of Hava Nagila is in a major key. My funk band plays a few Jewish weddings each year. The backing chords at the beginning are major with the horn part being minor. We do G major to c minor.


This is purely from memory, but I thought the melody was in a minor key....I guess I was wrong. I wondered why they play this song at hockey games anyway, and I found out that organ players wanted something they could find sheet music for, that sounded vaguely Russian (for the Russian hockey players) :-)

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#1925954 - 04/12/08 01:30 PM Re: OT: Hava Nagila during hockey games. [Re: Ed Coury]
VLH Offline
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 Originally Posted By: Ed Coury
Does anyone know why Hava Nagila, when played during NHL hockey games, is played in a major key?


It's called NAWMBS (North American White Majority Brain Syndrome). Indicators include inability to hear minor keys or comprehend accents on beats 2 and 4.

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#1925956 - 04/12/08 01:30 PM Re: OT: Hava Nagila during hockey games. [Re: Ed Coury]
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I guess "Volga Boatmen" is too downbeat...
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#1925960 - 04/12/08 01:35 PM Re: OT: Hava Nagila during hockey games. [Re: VLH]
Ed Coury Offline
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 Originally Posted By: VLH
 Originally Posted By: Ed Coury
Does anyone know why Hava Nagila, when played during NHL hockey games, is played in a major key?


It's called NAWMBS (North American White Majority Brain Syndrome). Indicators include inability to hear minor keys or comprehend accents on beats 2 and 4.


LOL! That was my suspicion
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#1926146 - 04/12/08 10:57 PM Re: OT: Hava Nagila during hockey games. [Re: Ed Coury]
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As any hockey player can attest....it's NOT Hava Nagila that they're playing - it's Have A Tequila! ...which for most hockey players is a MAJOR endeavor. It's a case of being the same thing ... only different!

btw....Ed, Marko tells me I missed you by about 8 minutes tonight at Vivio's! Damn.... (I was late because I was playing hockey... Have A Tequila was NOT played at my game however. I waited until I got to Vivio's before THAT got played!)
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#1926236 - 04/13/08 07:45 AM Re: OT: Hava Nagila during hockey games. [Re: SpaceNorman]
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Hi Pat, I was with Ed at Vivio's last night as well. We went to Memphis Smoke for some blues and then headed over to Vivio's to hear some rock and roll. Marco really is fun to watch play and his chops are great!

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#1926282 - 04/13/08 09:20 AM Re: OT: Hava Nagila during hockey games. [Re: Steve Force]
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Damn I thought this thread might evolve into some playoff hockey talk. \:\(
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#1926286 - 04/13/08 09:28 AM Re: OT: Hava Nagila during hockey games. [Re: SilverDragonSoun]
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 Originally Posted By: SilverDragonSoun
Damn I thought this thread might evolve into some playoff hockey talk. \:\(

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#1926417 - 04/13/08 03:24 PM Re: OT: Hava Nagila during hockey games. [Re: Steve Force]
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Steve, sorry I missed you guys last night. It's rare that I ever see anybody else playing on Saturday nights. I'm always playing one thing or another (if I'm not gigging - I'm playing beer league hockey or vice versa). It was good to catch Marko...he and I played together with a band that we put together at the bank (The "C-Notes"). He's definitely in his element when it's time to rock!

Well...it's off to my Sunday night hockey game. It's gonna be another long week of being nice to people all day long at work. I've got another chance to go be a prick - so I'm gonna make the most of it! This hockey stuff is just too much fun!
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#1927195 - 04/14/08 06:37 PM Re: OT: Hava Nagila during hockey games. [Re: SpaceNorman]
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not sure if joking
but the answer is both

Ask yourself what V chord you play in a minor key, and you'll have your answer
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#1927340 - 04/15/08 04:01 AM Re: OT: Hava Nagila during hockey games. [Re: suraci]
Ed Coury Offline
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Understood -- the point is there are several notes in the recording played at NHL games which are 1/2 step above the notes played in the traditional melody.
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