32 Modulation II—Smoothing the Transition TBk3

Modulation within and between pieces — a way to create interest, energy, and a sense of flow.  Learn how to do it.

Modulation, the ability to segue within or between pieces with a similar or different meter, is discussed and demonstrated. The progression ii-V-I of the new key helps smooth modulations.

Learn how to change the mood during the modulation transition: triumphant to contemplative, or contemplative to triumphant. Modulations involving minor keys is included. Examples and exercises.

Revised 5.2014.  33 pages, 49 examples.

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Appendix 2: Different Scales for Different Chords

Classically trained performers practice the major and minor scales—ascending and descending two or four octaves—for countless hours. Still, they often are unable to use them in improvisations! Why? Perhaps they practice scales to improve technique, but not to create music.

This chapter attempts to addresses these issues, and to provide you with ideas on how to apply scales to harmony. As much as possible, practice the examples below in all keys.