Quote alexis:Quote Knut Skaarberg:
Ah Billy Joel! He would often modulate by finding some related minor chord, and go from there. For example IIImin-VI-II (aug7), or more usually VIImin-III-VI (aug7) or even #IVmin-VII-III (aug7).
Then from the new (major key), he'd go to minor, Imin-IV-bVII. Putting the maj aug 7 before shifting to min 7 makes the effect stronger.
I think he appeals the most to people who are open to jazz, blues and black music in general, but obviously he had great success and some amazing sax players!
I love chord progressions (and thus the subject of your thread!), but alas have trouble with notations ...
If you have a chance could you please give examples of Billy Joel songs that move as you have indicated? Because I love Billy Joel too!
Thanks in advance!
Ok, I'll give it a shot. Assume the song is in C major.
IIImin-VI-II (aug7) equals Emin - A - D (aug7)
VIImin-III-VI (aug7) equals Bmin - E - A (aug7). He'd often keep the E on top all the way: C - Bmin11 - E7 - A (aug7)
#IVmin-VII-III (aug7) equals F#min - H - E (aug7)
Carrying on with the major to minor, the last example could be something like (starting from C major):
F#min11 - B7 - E (aug7) - Emin7 - A7 - D(aug7) - Dmin7 - G7 and back to C.
Or you could use any combination, for example (again, starting from C major):
Emin - A7 - D(aug7) - Dmin - G7 - C(aug7) - F#min - B7 - E(aug7) - Dmin - G7 - C
All the best,