Can you recommend a smooth way to modulate from A minor to D major? I know a way to modulate down a fifth between major/major, but cannot really apply it here.

My ideas would be modulating to C major first and then to D major, or dominanticize a minor. Do you have practical examples?

  • I'm not sure whether it's "smooth" enough, but personally I'd just turn Am into AM and you've got your dominant! (Or maybe that's what you meant by "dominanticize.") Commented Nov 28, 2023 at 14:54
  • I've voted to close as a duplicate, but in addition there are two problems here: 1) the question just calls for a list of answers of equal value, and 2) it's borderline opinion-based.
    – Aaron
    Commented Nov 28, 2023 at 15:56
  • Can you say a bit more about the context? If you edit the question to frame it in terms of prior harmonies and the musical idiom, it might be made less opinion-based.
    – Theodore
    Commented Nov 28, 2023 at 17:27
  • Hi @AndyBonner, yes. Commented Nov 28, 2023 at 18:49

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Max Reger ("Supplement to Modulation") suggests a-d-Eb/G-A-D or i-iv=i-N63-V-I.

I had thought of a-d/F-F7-Bb7b5-D/A-A(7)-D; or extended a-d7-G7-F7-Bb7b5-D/A-A7-D.


There are thousands of ways of doing this. You could for example simply go

am - F - G - A(7) - D

which shortly modulates to C major, but resolves in an altered deceptive cadence, which gives us the dominant for D.

You could do something like

am - B7 - E7 - A7 - D


am - f#ø - B - em - A7 - D

If you want you can do some altered mediants like

am - dm - F - Bb - Gb - D


Many ways! Simple straightforward, just go Dm>D.

Or use the dominant of both to get from Dm>D.

Or tts:E♭7>D.

Too many to mention, really.

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