Song Science #4: Mastering Modulation in your Songwriting
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Song Science #4: Mastering Modulation in your Songwriting

Bring energy and intrigue to your songs with multiple modulation techniques
4.8 (28 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
608 students enrolled
Created by RW Studio
Last updated 2/2017
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Use varying types of modulation in your songwriting
  • Release energy in your songs through modulation
  • Create contrast in your songs through modulation
  • Travel to far away keys and close keys
  • Implement relative key, parallel key, and relative-parallel key modulation
  • Use sophisticated modulation techniques (common tone, pivot chords, chromatic mediant, etc.)
  • See how real hit songs use modulation techniques
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Requirements
  • Instrument to write songs on (piano, guitar, etc.)
  • Taken previous Song Science courses
  • Basic understanding of Music Theory
Description

Modulation can bring energy, intrigue, and prosody to your songs!

Songwriters from Mariah Carey to Taylor Swift to The Beatles have successfully used these techniques!

What is Modulation?

Modulation, simply, is changing from one key to another key within a song.  

For example, you can have a Chorus in the Key of E and then when you get to the Bridge you can modulate to the key of C.  

How do you know where to Modulate?

Modulation distance is dependent on how similar keys are.  In this course you'll learn how to modulate to close keys as well as far away keys.

Additionally there are multiple ways to modulate to another key.  In this course you'll learn multiple techniques and be shown real examples of this happening.

Some of these techniques include:

  1. Relative Key Modulation
  2. Parallel Key Modulation
  3. Relative-Parallel Key Modulation
  4. Pivot Chord Modulation
  5. Altered Common Chord Modulation
  6. Common Tone Modulation
  7. Chromatic Mediant Modulation

And much more!

I look forward to teaching you and I hope to see you in the course!

Who is the target audience?
  • Songwriters
  • Producters
  • Singer/songwriters
  • Beginning level
  • Those interested in expanding their songwriting ability by learning modulation
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
01:20:44
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Welcome
1 Lecture 01:07
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Parallel and Relative Key Modulation
3 Lectures 17:07
Parallel Key Modulation
04:03

Relative Key Modulation
08:42

Double Deception Modulation
04:22
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Abrupt vs. Telegraphing Modulation
2 Lectures 10:28
Direct Modulation
03:48

Pivot Chords
06:40
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Long vs. Short Distance Modulation
4 Lectures 28:13
Modulation Distance
04:10

Common Tone Pivot with Celine Dion
10:32

Altered Pivot Chord with Avril Lavigne
04:03

Chromatic Mediant Modulation with Mariah Carey
09:28
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Upward vs. Downward Modulation
2 Lectures 10:47
Truck Driver Modulation
04:08

How to Modulate Downward - Beach Boys Did it!
06:39
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 01:50
Thank you
01:50
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Bonus
1 Lecture 00:12
Special Offer!
00:12
About the Instructor
RW Studio
4.6 Average rating
1,702 Reviews
19,241 Students
11 Courses
15,000+ Students, 1,500+ Reviews, 11 Courses

Hi I'm Rob! A full-time musician and teacher in New York City and Los Angeles. I'm passionate about music and education.

I'm a former music instructor with a Fender Grant winning non-profit. I also teach privately. My students range from signed recording artists and songwriters to working professionals who just love music.

I'm a Premium Udemy Instructor and have been teaching since 2015.  I have 15,000+ students and 1,500+ reviews, across 11 courses. I work with other teachers to help them achieve the same success.