Transition chord for changing keys
Found in: Accompaniment
Unmani U., Australia
Quick Accompaniment question: What bridging chord to you use to link the two versions of Scarborough Fair? Transitioning from A minor to C minor, that makes it the 5th of C minor. Would that be G major? It doesn’t quite hit the mark for my ears.
Mark M., New York
I normally just have students go straight from on to the other without a transition chord. G major would be the 5th of C. if you don’t like how that sounds, maybe even just tweaking it to G7 might help.
Karolee G., Idaho
You could try Gm instead of G major. That would be the natural fifth for Cm. I don’t love it but it works.
Shyrl K., Washington
Using the F major chord as a transition chord might work. It seems to go nicely to Cm, and is only 1 note different than Am.
Sandy B., California
Jeff O., Massachusetts
Why “bridge” these two at all? We should modulate for a reason.
Kym N., California
They sound perfect back to back. If a little break is needed in between, just play Cm Bb Cm Bb.
Stephen R., California
An introductory Cm chord!