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Questions tagged [modulation]

For questions about changing key in the middle of a piece of music. Do not tag for the effect of modulation.

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Tips For Modulation Needed

I'm a "beginning" composer (not very good yet, but I know basic theory), and an orchestral song I'm writing will require modulation from Bb minor to a "related" major--in this case, Bb or Eb. I have ...
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How do I use the Omnibus Progression to Modulate from I to iv?

I am composing a piece in which there is a modulation between the keys of Db major and F# minor. Is it possible to use the omnibus progression to smoothly execute this modulation? If it is possible, ...
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How to modulate very smoothly and stealthily from major to minor?

I would like to modulate from G major to c minor in such a way that it would be almost unnoticeable to the listener. I'm composing a piece in a style that's very Arvo-Pärtesque minimalist-sounding, so ...
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Modulation in Pinocchio's I've got no strings?

I was watching this video of I've got no strings. I was wondering if I'm correct in thinking that the song's verse is in G major but then modulates to its relative minor, E minor during the "Hi-ho ...
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Transposition for baritone saxophone in EFlat

Is this the correct transposition for a baritone saxophone in eflat pleast? What will the new key be?
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Do Bach Chorales in minor keys ever modulate to the dominant major?

I am wondering if any of you are able to help me with this question regarding modulation. An example would be E Minor to B Major. Does Bach ever use this? Thanks, Jack
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Key modulation in a fugue, how to not lose sight of the tonic?

Now I'm having some more trouble with my fugue. But this time it has to do with key modulation. I feel my fugue is becoming too jazzy thanks to the modulation. There are the primary modulations(from ...
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What's the exact difference between modulation, key change and tonicisation?

I've always regarded a key change as the use of a completely different set of notes for the following music - definitely in a different key. Was in C, now is in C#, with no reason to suppose a return. ...
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Can the idea of “modulation” be applied outside of harmony?

If you have a "pivot motif", which shares, for example, rhythmic properties of theme A and theme B, and is used to move between the two themes, could you consider this a modulation? What other ...
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How to modulate from minor to parallel major

I'm trying to find a good modulation from Dm to D. I know that I could use Dm-A7-D but it feels a bit to unsophisticated. I thought that I maybe could do something like Dm-X-C-X-Em-X-D where X is ...
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Asymmetric ease of improvisation during modulation

I've been learning about modes, and one thing I was interested in at first was to change modes while improvising (to get to know them better technically as well as to have a better understanding of ...
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Chopin Polonaise in Ab major, op 53 change in key

In Chopin's polonaise in A-flat major, op.53, in the second section the key changes from A flat to E major. What type of change is this? Is it from the flattening of the sixth (F-flat major), or was ...
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What is the use of the minor V chord in this song?

First of all, I would like to say hi since this is the first question I've had on this website. I recently came across Officially missing you by Tamia and when I look up the chord progression on ...
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Why does my key want to modulate? [closed]

I have this issue where the C major I'm playing wants to become D major and I'm trying to figure out why. I'm basically playing a descending C major scale. I play it note by note, from high to low in ...
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Does pop music ever make use of modulation?

When I am playing the music of J.S.Bach, my friends often mistake it to be a piece of pop music. However, they often realize they are wrong the instant the music modulates. I haven't listened to much ...
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Tritone substitution chord as an altered dominant ninth chord

I have learned that the dominant seventh chord can be written with a flatted fifth, for example G-B-Db-F in C major. Recently, I heard the term tritone substitution and I looked it up on Wikipedia and ...
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Can I use the German sixth chord to modulate to another key?

Can I use the German sixth chord to modulate up a half step? For example, the Ger6/5 chord in C major is: Ab-C-Eb-F#, which is enharmonically equivalent to G#-B#-D#-F#, i.e. the dominant chord of C# ...
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Explaining the harmony of Wagner's Wanderer motif

Recently I listened to the Wanderer leitmotif from Wagner's Ring cycle. I was both impressed and perplexed by the motif's harmony. The picture below tries to explain the possible modulations that this ...
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What is the proper use of the term “modulation”?

I've always been taught that a modulation is strictly a change to another key. But I've seen some people use the term to refer to when a song stops using the primary tonic in any form. I.E. You have a ...
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How do I identify the key of this modulation?

I have been doing practice exams and having trouble with modulation. This was the modulation question. Am I correct? If not, what did I do wrong and how should I do it? Thank you.
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What is a “key cell”?

I have recently heard of the concept of a "key cell" as a short modulation (number of bars) that contains a tonal model progression, which can be analyzed in the context of two closely related keys. ...
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What does Schoenberg mean by “intermediary region”?

I read this from Arnold Schoenberg's Preliminary Exersises in Counterpoint. The original part is: Later, intermediary regions are likewise introduced (Simple Counterpoint in Three Voices, Chapter VIII)...
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Can Camelot Wheel help in modulation?

I almost casually found out about the Camelot Wheel: It is about mixing, but can't the same rules be applied to find nearby keys to modulate to? Of course it would not tell all of the information, ...
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How to modulate from one mode to the next

Is there an established way to choose what mode/key to modulate to from the mode the composer is currently using? Modulating from C major to F major or G major, for instance, is "easy" because there ...
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What kind of modulation is B♭ to G?

What kind of modulation is V in E♭ harmonic minor to V in C harmonic minor? Are all V to V modulations acceptable regardless of the key? Or are not all keys possible to use for this progression? Also,...
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modulating from G major to G# major

I was asked to incorporate a modulation that goes one semitone up in a song initially written in G. So at some point it should go from G to G#. I am having a lot of trouble finding a relatively nice ...
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Do modulations from a major key to a mode count as 'key changes?'

I was listening to Green Light by Lorde, during which there is a modulation from A major to the mixolydian mode. DOes that count as a 'key change' per se?
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What is the role of modulations in popular music?

I know they keep the song interesting (like in I Will Always Love You), but what other purpose do modulations serve?
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Why does this use sometimes the E arpeggio and sometimes the Em arpeggio?

The song Tornado of Souls by Megadeth is in the key of Bm. The solo plays over a progression of power chords that goes B5 - G5 - E5 - F#5 - A5. Over the E5, the solo first plays an Em arpeggio but ...
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Audio Synthesis algorithms

I am little more than a starter in Sound synthesis using oscillators and others. I have reaktor 6 as a modular environment. I wanted to get nice algorightms from where i can get deeply started off. I ...
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Ways to modulate from Lydian to the relative Mixolydian

I'm trying to write a song, where I go from B minor for 4 bars to the relative G Lydian mode. Then there is a gap of 4 bars followed by a section in the relative A Mixolydian mode. It's worth ...
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Tips on Memorizing Chords that are in Different Scales

I'm looking for complete freedom when I'm playing. I hate constantly being stuck in one key. One of the best sounding ways I've found to modulate from key to key is by playing a predominant diatonic ...
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Modulation across the circle of fifths

After studying some of the theory surrounding performing smooth-sounding modulations between keys in an effort to make more interesting compositions, I have come to understand that the circle of ...
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Modulating from B major to A minor

I,m having some trouble figuring it out a nice way to change from B major to A minor. So far i've tried B -> E -> A -> Am, but it doesnt sound smooth, and I have no much knowledge about music theory ...
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Modulating from A-flat major to C major (Beethoven)

The second movement (Andante con moto) of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony begins serenely in A-flat major; then, almost without warning, it switches to a triumphant theme in C major. The modulation is ...
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Chord progressions fluctuations

I'm sill in the learning process for chords progressions, so I'm sorry in advance if my questions are simplistic for some advanced musicians. I've watched several harmonic analysis (Youtube, websites....
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How to map a modulation on a simple key-button in Ableton Live 9

I have modulation of a filter to cut the bass, so the bass is fading in 3 seconds. Can I map this modulation to a keyboard to run that modulation only when I press mapped key, or to turn modulation on/...
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Key Changes in Crudelis Herodes Deum by Zelenka

I need help with telling when the key modulates or changes in this piece. It was written by Jan Dismas Zelenka in 1732. Here is the original copy and here is the one I have edited. (I changed the ...
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How is a secondary dominant used for modulation?

In the Reddit FAQ question How are 7th Chords Used?, the following explanation appears: Dominant 7th chords are also useful in modulation as secondary dominants - the addition of the seventh will ...
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Common Tone Modulation (CTM)

I'm trying to learn more about Music Theory, and I'm currently looking into modulation, more specifically CTM (Common Tone Modulation). As far as I understand it, the concept is pretty straight ...
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“Punning chord”

I'd like to know if the following description is accurate: "A composer modulates from one key to another by the use of the “punning” chord, the augmented sixth (punning because it is also a dominant ...
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With modern electronic technology is temperament unnecessary?

I am a Physics student but also love math and music, and know a little bit about tuning because it is related to mathematics. So as far as I understand, Just Intonation is more consonant than ...
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Recognizing modulation style / pattern in Steely Dan's “West of Hollywood”

I'm a fan of Steely Dan's music, but I find analysis of their music to be difficult from a tone-, modal-, and chord-theory point of view. But perhaps the complex jazz-influenced M7/M9/M11 chords ...
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What intervals are common for sudden key changes?

By "sudden", I mean that there is no dedicated harmonic preparation leading into the new key. The commonly used ones I can think of are: Up a semitone (the classic signal that this is final repeat ...
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Battle for Britain, David Bowie

I'm trying to figure out what's going on in David Bowie's song, Battle for Britain. (The intro ends at 0:35 or so.) These are the chords, near as I can tell. One chord per measure. En B F# A A ...
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How do I know when a group of accidentals lead to a key change or not?

Especially for something like this http://imgur.com/ROj1kBN (which is originally in D Major), how do I know that it doesn't constitute a key change? A more general question would probably be how do I ...
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I've found the chords to Chicago by Meg & Dia but can't figure out the theory

Chicago is one of my favourite Meg & Dia songs (RIP 2012). I've tabbed out a few of their songs and figured out their keys and such, but this one seems to be more than your standard vi-IV-I-V ...
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Why would a piece start in G♭ Major then modulate to F♯?

I saw a question regarding F# vs. Gb in a given song. The song began in Gb Major then went to F# minor . . . and then it was question as to why the change. Why not just write the song in one Key? I ...
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Modulating from key Gm to key Bbm

I'm trying to modulate from the song 7 Years (Gm) to the song Hometown Glory (Bbm). How do I write a something that joins the two?
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Harmonic analysis of “Walk this Way” by Aerosmith

I'm trying to do harmonic analysis of "Walk this Way" by Aerosmith. Verses and choruses uses I to IV progression, but I wonder about the riff in the bridge. It seem to be played in the E key. Joe ...