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If someone says they need me to play in the key of C then I use the C scale right? If they need me to play in the key of F then I use the F scale am I correct? I can play scales but learning a song has to more right???
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Gino , I am jut a beginner. I have been playing for about 13 months and only practice about an hour a day. I have made decent progress but have much much more to learn. If I get what you are saying it would be this. Some times people want us to play a song we might know in the key of G, but they want to sing it in C. So they then say play it in C expecting the accordion player to just automatically get right into it. I might know the scale of C on a G accordion, but playing the same song in the key of G and then switch to C requires practicing the song because the scale patterns are different. Did I get you correctly.
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Yes Gino, learning a song is more than scales. And yes when a song is in a certain key, you use the scale pertinent to that key. What Ramiro is refering to is transposing a song to a different key. While yes it can be difficult, if you know your scale positions it's not too hard. Just keep working at it. 
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To add to what Ramiro and Tarasco posted here: each scale is made up of notes in an order unique to that scale, but what doesn't change is the relative position of the notes in a song.

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  1   <-- Degree within the Scale
G  A  B  C  D  E  F# G   <-- Notes of the G Major Scale
C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C   <-- Notes of the C Major Scale

Let's take a song like "Arboles De La Barranca," for an sample transposing exercise:

In the key of G, it would start with these notes:

B  A  G...
(Ar-bo-les...)

Now, let's look at those 3 notes in form of the degree of the scale - they would be:

3  2  1...

Now, in the key of C:

E  D  C...

You can follow this logic for the whole song. So, once  you know a song in one key, you should be able to piece it together in any other key/scale you know.

Note: I only used the main melody notes, but the concept is the same when transposing thirds, sixths, and other harmonies and chords.

Hope this helps.

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Excellent instructional. Dale Shine Otono!
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[wink]  Happy to help.

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