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Old 11-03-2012, 04:42 PM   #1
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What is it called when the root note of the song is changed for a section?

I have always wondered if there was a term for this. Say a song is in Eb Minor and then throughout the whole song, the root is Eb, except for the bridge where they start and end on Ab instead ("changing the root").

It happens in tons of songs, but the example I was just talking about can be heard here: Rise Against - Prayer of the Refugee (At 1:45 they start using Ab as the root)
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:08 PM   #2
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You mean the tonic, not the root. The root is the note a chord is built on, the tonic is the note the piece centers around. In any case, it's called modulation.
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:12 PM   #3
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