#1
Just wondering on people's personal perspectives on what changing keys mean to them. As in, please give an example of a key change either you made or someone else made and how it made you feel. What was the motive/effect it had on you. Hopefully the more different keys and jumps between related and unrelated keys will lead to an interesting discussion. Thanks.
#2
I think it's a great way to give more energy to a piece and just make things more interesting.

The link in my signature has a key change at 0:30, 0:55 and 1:30. It changes from major to minor and then back, but I think the fact that it modulates up makes the minor part a bit less depressing. I had some trouble getting back to the original key at 0:55 first, but I think that descending flute+oboe melody works quite well. It's like a bridge between the two keys.
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#3
My reasons for key changes:

To maintain listeners' interest
To mark a change in the song
If the chord progression leads to it naturally

I generally dislike the effect in pop songs, so it's a very rare technique for me to use. Especially awful are those Eurovision Song Contest type key changes to ramp up the level near the end of the song.
#4

I generally dislike the effect in pop songs, so it's a very rare technique for me to use. /QUOTE]

Can you please elaborate on this ?


Key changes are great for maintaining or picking up the attention of the listener. It also adds an extra layer of emotion to the song.

I remember a few songs that have a key change for the chorus. That's cool.
#5
Also key changes are employed for the vocalist to show off their vocal range. A little pessimistic but true.
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#6
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Can you please elaborate on this ?


I usually find them a little sea-sickness inducing. Like the typical Def Leppard ones.
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I usually find them a little sea-sickness inducing. Like the typical Def Leppard ones.

I think the way Def Leppard uses modulations sounds good - they use modulation in a more interesting way. They rarely have typical "Eurovision" modulations (last chorus a whole step higher) in their songs. And IMO they make their songs more interesting.

I think the modulations in this song work well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oFYu3h1xHY
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#8
I had a song that ran almost 4 and a half minutes. The chorus ended on D and I did a step move to E, sustained it a little bit to adapt the listeners ear (with a melodic transitional bass fill) and then began another chorus in the new key of A (all the chords of the chorus were transposed) - It changed the energy of the song and made it easier to listen to, as it was a longer song, and the same notes at the same frequencies will tend to dull the ears for the listener. The key change injected new life, since I couldn't change the length of the song itself without it "losing something".

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#9
Modulations work best when they don't sound forced. Sometimes you just hear it. The song needs to go there. It needs a key change. Some songs don't need it and some do.

Me and my friend wrote a song that modulated many times. The structure was A B C A D A B C D. The A part was in D major, B in G major and C in G minor. D part was in A major but the A part following the D part was in E major and the next B part was in A major and C in A minor. The last D part was also in A major. The song had a pretty good flow and I just heard the modulations. The third A part was first also in D major but then we had a problem because we knew what we wanted to do in the song next but the problem was the transition between the last C and D parts (from G minor to A major). We decided to shift the last A, B and C parts a whole step up which made the transition flow nicely. We just had to find the right keys to make the song have a good flow.

(The overall key structure was D - G - Gm - D - A - E - A - Am - A.)
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