Why do parallel keys matter?



Asked by: Barbara Waters

The parallel keys are often used as umbrella keys to borrow from, partially because you can borrow so many chords from them as opposed to, say, the subdominant key.

What are parallel keys used for?





Similar to relative key changes, parallel modulation is about changing between major and minor keys. So its main function is to change the overall mood of the song with a simple chord change – major keys generally being upbeat and “light”, minor keys generally being ominous and “dark”.

What does it mean when two keys are parallel?

The Definition Of A Parallel Key



Two keys are parallel keys if they are based on the same note, but are different in their quality – one is major and one is minor. For example, C Major and C Minor are parallel keys.

What does parallel key mean in music?

In music, a major scale and a minor scale that have the same tonic are called parallel keys and are said to be in a parallel relationship. The parallel minor or tonic minor of a particular major key is the minor key based on the same tonic; similarly the parallel major has the same tonic as the minor key.

Do parallel keys have the same key signature?

To form the parallel minor you start on the same tonic but play different pitches. Major keys and their relative minor keys share the same key signature. Major keys and their parallel minor keys have different key signatures.

What key is parallel to D major?





D major

Relative key B minor
Parallel key D minor
Dominant key A major
Subdominant G major
Component pitches

Do relative keys have the same tonic?

The relative minor of a particular major key, or the relative major of a minor key, is the key which has the same key signature but a different tonic. (This is as opposed to parallel minor or major, which shares the same tonic.)

What keys go well together?

Closely related key

Tonic (Major) Submediant Subdominant, dominant, supertonic, and mediant
A♭ Fm D♭, E♭, B♭m, Cm
E♭ Cm A♭, B♭, Fm, Gm
B♭ Gm E♭, F, Cm, Dm
F Dm B♭, C, Gm, Am

Is D major the same as B minor?

B minor is a minor scale based on B, consisting of the pitches B, C♯, D, E, F♯, G, and A. Its key signature consists of two sharps. Its relative major is D major and its parallel major is B major.



B minor.

Relative key D major
Parallel key B major
Dominant key F-sharp minor
Subdominant E minor
Component pitches

How do you use parallel scales?


So that means you can convert any major scale to harmonic minor just by lowering the 3rd. And 6th. For instance if you wanted to write F harmonic minor.



Which of the following are parallel keys?

Parallel keys are major and minor keys that share the same keynote. G major and G minor are parallel keys, as are F# major and F# minor, etc. (Not to be confused with relative keys.)

What is the parallel key of E minor?

E minor is a minor scale based on E, consisting of the pitches E, F♯, G, A, B, C, and D. Its key signature has one sharp. Its relative major is G major and its parallel major is E major.

What is the difference between relative and parallel minor?

In music theory, relative scales and parallel scales are not the same thing. A relative minor scale uses all the same notes as its related major scale; a parallel minor scale has the same tonic (or first note of the scale) as its related major scale.



How do you modulate in a parallel minor?

Another way of changing key is to use borrowed chords from that new key for example starting on C major again we could borrow record from the C minor key in order to move seamlessly.

What is a Subtonic in music?

In natural minor, the seventh note is a whole step below the tonic. In this case, the note is called a subtonic. In natural minor, the seventh note is a whole step below the tonic. In this case, the note is called a subtonic (or “flattened leading note”).