31 Modulation I—Establishing the New Key TBk3

This chapter focuses on the basics, the beginning level. The most basic thing to master is the ability to find the V chord (or pivot chord) of the new key, for it will propel us securely into the new key. Any kind of V chord may be useable: V, Vsus, four over five, and Vsus9 is particularly good as it smooths the transition more than a dominant seventh.

We’ll work on mastering several kinds of V chords, and concentrate on modulations up a 1/2 and whole step. Examples, exercises for practicing, assignments.

Revised 2.2014.  30 pages, 55 examples.

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17 Chords that Never Made the Hymnbook KB Improvisation Bk1

Chord substitutions where the bass falls or rises a minor second, or falls a tri-tone plus a minor second, or where inner parts move chromatically by half steps, are effective in projecting splashes of color and suggesting deep feeling. Though they entail chromatic alteration, they tend to fall easily for the hands of keyboardists. And bass players love them!

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