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So, if you're like me, you'll love that last chorus phenomenon known as the key change. There's nothing like an expertly executed upward shift to make a song sound epic. I also like the mini shifts that sometimes occur within the body of a song, although humourously the only example coming to mind is Shania Twain: That Don't Impress Me Much... "Oooo-ooooh, you think you're special..."

Favourite key changes?
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Constant Motion. Any Dream Theater Song with a key change...
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Ha, my band uses key changes in the last chorus all the time. Usually a half step up or a full step.
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yep, all those jazz players who make use of key changes are just terrible.
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I usually hate key changes. Nothing has ever sounded more unnecessary than "*key change* whoooooah we're halfway there..."
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It really is getting old. I wouldn't mind some more creative ones but the last chorus a step up is so overused.
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yep, all those jazz players who make use of key changes are just terrible.

Ah, that's different That was inventive, playing the SAME CHORUS again slightly higher and expecting everyone to love you for it is just painful.
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Ah, that's different That was inventive, playing the SAME CHORUS again slightly higher and expecting everyone to love you for it is just painful.


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Beast & The Harlot was a good keychange. I felt it helped build the song. Dying In Your Arms by Trivium was another good keychange IMO
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I really can't think of a good Rock song that has a noticeable, well placed key change.
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Tbh, key changes suck in general. Most songs need fewer chords used too, i'm sick of all these people using fancy chords and playing above the 3rd fret. 1 chord is fine, 2 is pushing it and 3 is jazz.

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I don't like those halfstep key changes....the one's I tend to enjoy are the one's that shift to the relative minor/major and parallel major/minor.....half step is boring unless used in a crhomatic ascension of some sorts
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I like hair metal and Westlife, two things that 99.99% of the Pit would rather die than like, but they're great for key changes, I can't get enough of them
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Tbh, key changes suck in general. Most songs need fewer chords used too, i'm sick of all these people using fancy chords and playing above the 3rd fret. 1 chord is fine, 2 is pushing it and 3 is jazz.


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So, if you're like me, you'll love that last chorus phenomenon known as the key change. There's nothing like an expertly executed upward shift to make a song sound epic. I also like the mini shifts that sometimes occur within the body of a song, although humourously the only example coming to mind is Shania Twain: That Don't Impress Me Much... "Oooo-ooooh, you think you're special..."

Favourite key changes?


Yes I like that part too. I am also a big fan of changing the key for the second verse, like in The Show Must Go On by Queen. Simply superb.
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Truth ;D

edit: although it was originally by Bo Diddley :O

You're entirely right, though it was inspired by Hoochie Coochie Man, written by Muddy the previous year.

Basically, they did all of each other's songs.

WITHOUT KEY CHANGES.
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You're entirely right, though it was inspired by Hoochie Coochie Man, written by Muddy the previous year.

Basically, they did all of each other's songs.

WITHOUT KEY CHANGES.


Mhmm, sounds very similar to 'mannish boy' too. When you have a good riff you don't need any fancy key changes >_>

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Ah, that's different That was inventive, playing the SAME CHORUS again slightly higher and expecting everyone to love you for it is just painful.


yea i see your point

just to add to this thread, the Limelight solo by Rush is my favorite key change. The song is in E Major (i believe) and they switch to E flat minor just for the solo section giving the solo this really moody/eerie sound.
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Bliss by Muse. Parallel shifts FTW.

Also, a shift to the scale of a fourth tone in Paul McCartney's No More Lonely Nights featuring David Gilmour. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmGqwTYPDDA

And then lots of Gayngs songs, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLMeNzcWljM&feature=related, Faded High - it shifts to the parallel key, then to the relative minor of that key.
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