Songs with excellent examples of modulation

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  1. DWB1960

    DWB1960 Senior Member

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    These Eyes by The Guess Who is a great use of modulation IMO. It really works without sounding forced or gimmicky.

    FF to 1:50

     
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    Yeah that is a good example. Almost wouldn't notice it.

    Examples of bad versions? Almost every late 80s cheesey metal band had one. It became as cliche as the 2nd single being a power ballad.
     
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    So Lonely by The Police.
     
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    Black hole sun - Soundgarden

     
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    And every Barry Manilow radio hit. Seems a real ballad formula to me.
     
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    "I Walk the Line" modulates on almost every verse. I'm convinced that Johnny Cash hums the root note before every verse just so he can figure out what the hell key he's in.
     
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    There's a wings song - Treat Her Gently.

    It is a ballad, and it does have a modulation, but it's not the super obvious 1/2 step up thing. In fact, if you weren't listening for it, you wouldn't really notice it.

    I think it starts in A, then halfway through the verse+ chorus is in D.

     
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    This is great, we have one group of people thinking that the OP was asking for a song that had "Modulation" as a guitar effect and one group thinking about "Modulation" as a key change. Funny how we have these interchangable terms.

    Also funny that either type of "Modulation" if overused is cheezy
     
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    What about the original flange song? Itchycoo Park by the Small Faces?

    Edit: oops, wrong sort of modulation. What about Close to You by the Carpenters then?
     
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    Key changes not guitar effects folks. Listen to the first example I posted if you are not clear on what it is.
     
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    You're right! I was kind of wondering which key modulation was in Black Hole Sun.
     
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    I never dreamed anyone would look at the title of this thread and think "chorus pedal".That is hilarious .
     
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    The Eagles "New Kid In Town" has an interesting key change. I always liked the way Free's "Wishing Well" started in "E" but ended in "A" so Paul Rodgers could really bite into the later part.
     
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    Poppy, Frank Marino.

    It's up for a good portion of the song but it comes back home. It's not a standard modulation but I think thats where he was coming from on that tune.

    Edit to add....actually, thinking about the tune, it goes up several times and comes back home in steps...very cool.
     
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    To be fair, and not a slam on your post, but were you born with this knowledge?? We all learn something every day.
     
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    Any Ronnie Milsaps song...
     
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    Beethoven is the master of interesting modulition IMO
     
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    I read somewhere a while ago that each verse of "I Walk The Line" moves up or down a fifth (can't remember which). The fact that there is no permanent tonal center helps to convey the tension inherent in the lyrics - how hard it can be to walk the line sometimes, to stay true to your woman.
     
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    From Wikipedia:

    Once while performing the song on his TV show, Cash told the audience, with a smile, "People ask me why I always hum whenever I sing this song. It's to get my pitch." The humming was necessary since the song required Cash to change keys several times while singing it.
     
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    "Surrender"
    "Stacy's Mom"
    "Livin on a Prayer"
     

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