Basics of Modulation in a Jazz Chart

One way to create interest in an arrangement is to modulate to another key at some point. A common technique is to place the modulation about 2/3 of the way through the chart so that the climactic point of the music coincides with the modulation.

Deciding whether a modulation is necessary in an arrangement is up the arranger (and singer if written for vocalist), but always keep in mind the benefits to how a chart will come across to the listener by using modulation.

I had a class member ask me recently about how to set up a modulation, so this lesson covers those concepts.

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