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SONGWRITING: Methods of Modulation

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Published on Sep 14, 2012

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Q: There's a songwriting idea called Modulation, but I can't seem to figure out exactly how it works. I do know what it is, regarding changing keys and such. But, do you just jump into new keys, or are there tricks to using it. Songwriters use modulation a lot, so any information would be of great help to me since I am working on my songwriting skills!
Susan -- West Palm Beach, FL. USA

A: You are correct in stating that Modulation is a method of beginning in one key and then changing from the initial key over to one or more other key's in a particular song. The end result is that we can create even greater harmonic variety in a piece by moving through other key centers. To use modulation you need to know that there are two types of modulation in music and they are referred to as either, "Direct," or applying the use of what is called a, "Pivot Chord." I have a few examples I go over in the video to help demonstrate these very cool harmonic effects. And, I'm sure that once you get them down in your own composing style you'll notice quite a difference in your songwriting chops next time you go at it to do some original songwriting.

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