Thread: Key Changes
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:17 AM
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Default Re: Key Changes

Originally Posted by jingscrivenshelpmaboab View Post
Easy by the Commodores has a sweet key change at the end. It only goes up a semitone, so on paper it should be subtle, but it seems more drastic. That song also wins the prize for best backing vocals and harmony parts. They are so beautiful.
Actually, theoretically, semitone changes are some of the least subtle changes you can make. The second key has almost no relationship to the first key. If you want to hear subtle modulation, try some Debussy. Changing to the V of V or even the V can be very, very subtle. This is where having a basic background in music theory comes in handy!
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