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.
To modulate means to change keys. When leading worship or performing in a Christian concert, there is often a need to modulate within pieces or to segue from one piece to another smoothly. This is especially true in contemporary worship where three to eight worship choruses/hymns may need to be connected in a seamless fashion.
This chapter stresses the basics: the importance of the V chord to propel songs into the new key, modulations involving various meters (4/4, 3/4, 6/8), walking the bass down or up, making entrances secure, and modulating within and between pieces.