The most elegant key change in all of pop music

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Adam Neely

25 օր առաջ

All By Myself features an incredible key change from G major to Cb major, let’s talk about it!
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0:00 Introduction
1:21 Part 1 - Song Analysis
7:57 Part 2 - The Key Change!!
11:33 (interlude - mom cameo)
15:27 Part 3 - Narrative and Metaphor
Scott J. Hanenberg Rock Modulation and Narrative
Andrew Huang’s very excellent Harmonic series video
Feb 2016 All By Myself Performance
Some other All By Myself Performances
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Adam Neely
Adam Neely 25 օր առաջ
Watch the extended version of this video on Nebula! It features an extended interview with my mom, lol. . . (oh, and if you want the CuriosityStream/Nebula bundle, here it is! Less than $1.25 a month!)
Dieter Ammann
Dieter Ammann 23 ժամ առաջ
@Brian Santero I agree regarding Mahler. And in addition one should also go for the 1st, 5th, 8th and 9th. Oh, I forgot the 6th..;-))
Dieter Ammann
Dieter Ammann 23 ժամ առաջ
The reinterpretation of the eb is so touching because the eb becomes a third at that moment. The third is by far the most sensitive tone of a chord (provided, it’s built on thirds), since it determines its gender, color, etc. The (empty) fifth is unambiguous and stable, the octave is almost a unison due to its high degree of fusion - but the third! And in this case it is the radiant, bright major third. Just listen to Schubert's Bb major sonata, where in the first movement the previously almost boringly stable Bb (octave on Bb) of the main theme becomes a third by sinking the bass to Gb .... Tipp: Listen to all of Schuberts last three piano sonatas. It‘s worth doing so.
oh my gosh ponies
oh my gosh ponies Օր առաջ
"We're going to have to go deeper". Ha! You must be watching @secretbase and Beef History and Moment in Time.
Hale P
Hale P 2 օր առաջ
Have you ever talked about Scriabin’s Mysterium?
MB K 2 օր առաջ
Excellent crash course in Music Theory 101: Modulation, Key Changes, etc. in Pop Music It's a shame many College music instructors seldom (if ever) focus on this subject in Music Theory 101 and 102. Great job Adam for devoting your time and energy teaching this particular topic. Music students who have an interest in Songwriting as a profession need to watch this video to get some insight on how crucial the symbiotic relationship between the arrangement of a song and the vocalist.
Adriano Tacques
Adriano Tacques 2 ժամ առաջ
Wow man. This is flawless.
Charles De la Jungle
Charles De la Jungle 4 ժամ առաջ
Best video about music that I ever saw. So good
Nicolas Rivera
Nicolas Rivera 7 ժամ առաջ
Adam wears Sennheisers? Pog.
Andrew Roberts
Andrew Roberts 7 ժամ առաջ
This is a wonderful dissection and presented in a fun way. I could do without the Celine dramatics though.
Arch Stanton
Arch Stanton 7 ժամ առաջ
She did it almost every show, it's an affectation. I don't think she ever gets truly emotional, she is something of a singing robot to be honest.
David Ohlerking II
David Ohlerking II 8 ժամ առաջ
Irene Veronica
Irene Veronica 8 ժամ առաջ
I think this woman was born with a wonderful talent which she has perfectly honed but I simply can't stand her singing, no matter in what key. I react the same towards Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Eydie Gormé, even Barbara Streisand. For the last two, I thought it was their choice of music - it was my parents' music. I was into Led Zep, Stones and etc. but it wasn't that, it was their voices - or rather their style of singing. Like opera, I may like all of them in a live performance but as background music; I just want to slam the radio shut. I feel the same about screaming guitar solos; they're fun in a live setting but awful for mood or working music... I find it unfortunate that so many businesses don't understand that blasting commercial radio in the background can be a repellent to many.
Thilo Ruck
Thilo Ruck 9 ժամ առաջ
Nice with that Schenkerian hint!!
Michael Nolan
Michael Nolan 9 ժամ առաջ
If you take much of what he says seriously you'd be a fool - he gives examples of uses of a note in a key and gives it a term. Its such a bullshit ... there is tension and timing and 4 part harmony involved. Like saying 321 melody has any meaning when it ... comes from every key and any use ... its only got meaning in this context (which is extremely narrow in scope because of the song in general). There is no reason this is any more powerful than an inner chord movement like "Time in a bottle" ... The people who think they are wise are fools indeed. What can i say, got click baited into this - he does a nice presentation ... memes etc - music theory is fun but ... this is just subjective being objectified
Prof. Sherlock
Prof. Sherlock 12 ժամ առաջ
Sorry, but I disagree with adding John Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer". That is an example of a super cheesy and unartful modulation. I much prefer hidden modulations, much like The Beatles, "And I Love Her". Which leaves the listener not even knowing that a modulation has taken place. Thank you for the video though, well done.
SD Sorin
SD Sorin 12 ժամ առաջ
Bull crap
M. No.
M. No. 19 ժամ առաջ
Don Miller
Don Miller 19 ժամ առաջ
I don't care how many videos I've watched, how many books I've read, Music Theory is a complete mystery to me.
Frosty Phoenix
Frosty Phoenix 19 ժամ առաջ
6:24 All by my shelf
Squish Mastah
Squish Mastah 20 ժամ առաջ
"If you want to watch me talk to my mom..." Just teasing. Also, in my opinion Legal Eagle is a moron who pretends to know stuff but gets things horribly wrong all the time.
Agnes Mina
Agnes Mina 20 ժամ առաջ
Shit, this is way too interesting
Bishop M
Bishop M 21 ժամ առաջ
Happy Mother’s Day mama Neely
David Gonzalez
David Gonzalez 21 ժամ առաջ
damn boy u made me cry
chute denos
chute denos 21 ժամ առաջ
so Rachmaninoff was a genius
Kate 22 ժամ առաջ
The part where he describes the technicals behind it at @0:28 ish gave me a WAP because I can't process music theory worth a damn. 🤣🤘💕
Jasmine M
Jasmine M Օր առաջ
"until one night it doesnt" i literally burst into tears oh my god bro
M. Sean Griffin
M. Sean Griffin Օր առաջ
Adam... I just stumbled across this video - so glad I watched. I am an amateur musician and can't begin to follow everything you touch on but I believe I "feel it" more than most - thank you for your content! Inspirational!
adsvx Օր առաջ
What a great damn video. Thanks for the education, Adam.
Orbit underground
Orbit underground Օր առաջ
I was sure I'd be bored but to the contrary; this was an awesome dissertation by this young man. Absolutely fascinating.
Nan0Scho1ar Օր առաջ
Hearing her sing that one last time at the end of the video, with the context of losing loved ones, brought me to tears.
Tee Kalolo
Tee Kalolo Օր առաջ
After watching Adam I feel brainy
skizzbeans Օր առաջ
This video has inspired me SO much to dive back into music. I've played guitar and piano for years but haven't been as active as I used to be. This vid has me fired up to learn more about music and playing it and singing! Thank you for this.
dizzyology Օր առաջ
I'm not a musician, though a music-lover. What I am is a psychologist and theoretician of higher education. The skill with which Adam sucks into his thought progression anybody who is willing to listen -- and the teaching devices (both subtle and grotesque) that he employs are deployed with an artistic elegance that I have seen in only one other teacher. His name was Leonard Bernstein. Yes, Adam, I mean that.
Ann Ives
Ann Ives Օր առաջ
Thank you for that breakdown and explanation of the notes in the song and what they convey. This is such a gorgeous song that people can connect with and now I have even more appreciation for it.
So, she modulated from "G" to what? Any preparatory chords?
Michael Moore
Michael Moore Օր առաջ
Everything? Fabolous! Until the end. Huh?
Ceej Lastname
Ceej Lastname Օր առաջ
Wow... that was incredibly impressive. I’m glad I stumbled upon your video.
Steven Forrett
Steven Forrett Օր առաջ
Awesome job teaching musical jargon in a clearly relatable context. Bravo, Adam!
jarek kanios
jarek kanios Օր առաջ
Maybe she was overcome with emotion because her husband died just a month earlier. Is this a possibility; apart from the key change?
T T Օր առաջ
This is much better: "Niin paljon kuuluu rakkauteen - Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" from 1:42.
Erin M
Erin M Օր առաջ
23:50. I felt that.
Joshua Moore
Joshua Moore Օր առաջ
Your videos have ascended to what i might dare call a masterful level. You never cease to impress me, sir.
Angela Heldman
Angela Heldman Օր առաջ
You popped up on my feed (this video specifically) while I was in the bathtub. I took music theory in college, and grew up singing. Still, this was over my head in some places. But so interesting! One of my favorite key changes in a song is the Holly Cole Trio version of I Can See Clearly Now. So good. Thanks for your channel. I am now happily subscribed.
definitely not a fox
definitely not a fox Օր առաջ
i cried for the first time in months. thanks!
Tashi Hishey
Tashi Hishey 2 օր առաջ
Feel feelings, think thoughts, feel thoughts - The most elegant way you have taught me about key change. Thank you!
evdanker 2 օր առաջ
nice video, but I can't stand Celine's screaming
Marco Portilla
Marco Portilla 2 օր առաջ
Man...i undertood these at a level of literally shead an Angsty tear for Celine...Thanks so much for these.
David M Dyer
David M Dyer 2 օր առաջ
Great video, one of your best. I would add, though, that "I Will Always Love You" is by Dolly Parton.
Deng Arop
Deng Arop 2 օր առաջ
I got chills every time the key changed. I also felt chills when I found out Cb was a thing, 10 years of casual and learn I guess😑
feh meh
feh meh 2 օր առաջ
Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.
Michael Flynn
Michael Flynn 2 օր առաջ
I never liked Celine Dion. A screecher who lacked finesse. Somebody who always came across as more important than the music and words themselves. Still - an incredible video Adam .. hats off to you and happy mothers day to your mum.
Dan Hoyer
Dan Hoyer 2 օր առաջ
Omg, just realized this is the same sequence as in the Red Dwarf theme! Lol
Joseph Charles
Joseph Charles 2 օր առաջ
Fantastic video. I’ve always been moved by the moment in the song as well. Check out Dimash Kudaibergen’s cover of this song. This is my favorite performance:
Tom Sturgis
Tom Sturgis 2 օր առաջ
“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” -Sergei Rachmaninoff
Jillene Luce
Jillene Luce 2 օր առաջ
What a fabulous informational and entertaining video! I'll need to watch a couple more times to understand better. I loe Celine AND Rachmaninoff's 2nd concerto... Never thought about it in regards to this song
Dreadog 2 օր առաջ
WAY over my head, I just love the song.
Ivan Lo
Ivan Lo 2 օր առաջ
Can you please do an analysis/breakdown of “I’m every woman” by Chaka khan/Whitney Houston? Why do the reverse modulations feel so good???
Britty2Hottie 2 օր առաջ
That white Christmas nostalgia note is making me laugh.
Gareth O’Brien
Gareth O’Brien 2 օր առաջ
There’s so much I didn’t know I don’t know about shit! 😂
NEWS JUST IN 2 օր առաջ
I love listening to what ever you are talking about. Only just found you :) Hope one day you do a take on Q The Great Awakening...
harrr53 2 օր առաջ
Why doesn't she want to be close to that shelf?
dane m
dane m 2 օր առաջ
I don't know how I ended up here. No clue what you are talking about. But for some reason I enjoyed it.
Dudley Barker
Dudley Barker 2 օր առաջ
not being a fan of Ms Dion, i found this fascinating and very moving... i certainly have gained a great deal of respect for her.
Johan Dalgaard
Johan Dalgaard 2 օր առաջ
This trick is what makes the moment so satisfying when the guitar comes in in Queen's "We Will Rock You". After the melody is has been hammering away at what you think is the tonic for over two minutes, that note suddenly becomes the major third of the guitar chord...
wondering albatros
wondering albatros 2 օր առաջ
Damn. I love Rachmaninov and his second Piano Concerto is to me the finest piano piece ever written. But i never realized all that......thank you.
KorianderXXX 2 օր առաջ
Wow this video is just... wow. One of my favorite songs though. And just listening to him explain it is so interesting. He's right though as you can definitely feel those emotions every time that note thingy happens. I listen to music from other languages occasionally and even though I can't understand the words sometimes I just can feel the emotion that are being conveyed in the song.
Natalie Spitz
Natalie Spitz 2 օր առաջ
I can understand why she had to stop. She lost the love of her life and she didn't want to be by herself anymore. I'm sure she truly felt those lyrics. Music is so powerful
Donna Brooks
Donna Brooks Օր առաջ
She also lost her brother just 2 days later! It reminds me of Teddy Roosevelt, whose mom & wife died on the same day. It's the series of losses that make you feel so alone. You feel like EVERYONE has left you & if they haven't left yet, they're going to soon. I remember a time after my dad, my last family member, died, when a couple of people who tried to help me in dealing with the estate also died. I actually felt cursed. I warned friends to stay away b/c anyone who comes near me dies. I know that's crazy talk, but that's how it felt. The number it does on you when you have a loss & then you lose the people who could help you through that loss does make you have irrational thoughts & fear you will always be alone, esp. if you have people & circumstances working against you. I had no idea this happened to Celine. Her music used to give me such hope & inspiration. She has a number of uplifting songs, esp. "That's the Way It Is" (my fave) & "A New Day Has Come." Also, interestingly, that song, "Gonna stand by your side now. Gonna wipe all your tears away. You'll be safe in my arms now. And I know I can make you believe again," is a song I used to sing to MYSELF. Because I know that if you leave you, then you have nothing left. So you've got to come back to yourself, again and again, as months turn into years & years turn into decades, even when it seems hopeless, even as you age & realize you are fatter, older, more tired, & more cynical & are way past your prime & wonder how you can possibly be attractive to someone now, even when you wonder why you are still alone & you don't know how to change that, until you believe again,- even knowing that that day may never come.
Nirav Pandey
Nirav Pandey 2 օր առաջ
when i step on a lego brick 0:15
J. Todd Ormsbee
J. Todd Ormsbee 2 օր առաջ
Brilliantly done bit of analysis, Mr. Neely. Many thanks.
JimInPinoyLand 2 օր առաջ
The Cm/Eb harkens to an augmented sixth-V7 progression.
bongo twocanchoo
bongo twocanchoo 2 օր առաջ
Isn’t your “ nostalgic “ note change just a “plagal” change?
Dick of the Desert
Dick of the Desert 2 օր առաջ
D sharp and E flat are different!? Good heavens, I'm glad I just taught myself to write and play, music skool makes you crazy. How can anyone watch drivel like this?
Michael Stockelman
Michael Stockelman 2 օր առաջ
Youutube has been nagging me to watch this video for like two months. So I am glad it's a pretty good, smart video.
MB K 2 օր առաջ
Excellent crash course in Music Theory 101: Modulation, Key Changes, etc. in Pop Music It's a shame many College music instructors seldom (if ever) focus on this subject in Music Theory 101 and 102. Great job Adam devoting your time teaching this particular topic especially for students who have an interest in Songwriting as a profession.
Lorenzo Renzmann
Lorenzo Renzmann 2 օր առաջ
Big deal...
Jerome David
Jerome David 2 օր առաջ
Fine, AM-posts. I'll watch the damn video. Really nice analysis and production, in all seriousness. +1
Alberto Mora
Alberto Mora 3 օր առաջ
D E F G Ee C Ddddd...
Anna Anderson
Anna Anderson 3 օր առաջ
Perfect balance of geeky and sweet! love it!
Rallen 3 օր առաջ
*looks at lenght of video*: almost half an hour long *watches video*: "There's an extended version?!"
BabaStiletto 3 օր առաջ
flexiblematthew 3 օր առաջ
You need to learn the difference between live and playback from a live version recording
kirvesjorma 3 օր առաջ
Amazing content, thank you!
Karen Heck
Karen Heck 3 օր առաջ
Jeanie LoVetri
Jeanie LoVetri 3 օր առաջ
Hi, Adam. Great video. Ask your mom to discuss Celine's SOUND. That belted (mix/belt) sound comes from her vocal folds, the larynx and her throat. Her body position, alone, is NEVER going to produce that sound. I'd be interested to know how she describes what is happening in her sound, as sound. If it were just "being anchored" all strong people would be able to do it, and that is, as you well know, not true.
Cate Frazier-Neely
Cate Frazier-Neely Օր առաջ
Hi Jeanie LoVetri, one of my teachers!! I did discuss this. It was the first thing we discussed. Adam edited it from this video and included more of it in the Nebula version.
Макс Весна
Макс Весна 3 օր առաջ
- все просто. застрелите меня.
whydidyouresign 3 օր առաջ
That she had lost her husband not long before this performance is something that was not lost on me. I honestly don't know how she was able to perform at all that soon after such a tragic loss. While I personally don't care for her theatrics, she is indeed an amazing singer and performer. Brilliantly done video, Mr. Music Theory! I watched the entire vid in rapt wonder, recounting past classes in music theory which did little more than to lull me to sleep. This, by contrast, was a party! :-) Thank you, new subscriber
Lozza K
Lozza K 3 օր առաջ
I love that you reference Cottleston Pie, sung by Rowlf
DEVO lutionist
DEVO lutionist 3 օր առաջ
I dont care if she is a mega star. She is just weird. Yes, she can sing. So can a lot of other people.
Charlie wertheimer
Charlie wertheimer 3 օր առաջ
A feeling-" You have to know how they feel, but you can't feel them in that moment". Exquisite...
Esbjörn Mårtensson
Esbjörn Mårtensson 3 օր առաջ
Thanks - an excellent presentation and mind opener for Music harmonics lyrics - thanks
Bob Mayfield
Bob Mayfield 3 օր առաջ
Adam Neely, I luv your mom. And this whole production is e x t r a o r d i n a r y .
CeeCee 3 օր առաջ
I'm having music school flashbacks from all this theory!
Fred Van Doren
Fred Van Doren 3 օր առաջ
This is truly brilliant! Thank you.
Ilya Kogan
Ilya Kogan 3 օր առաջ
Your mom is the true star of this video. I want to hear more of her!
baz1000 3 օր առաջ
Her choreography was as legendary as her vocal in that 2008 performance
Viva la buena Música!!!
Viva la buena Música!!! 3 օր առաջ
Amigo, activa los subtítulos en español. Me he suscrito a tu canal. Pero activa los subtítulos please. Gracias
Mag C
Mag C 3 օր առաջ
Thank you for super informative and entertaining presentation!! Extremely Excellent 🎹🎵💐
James Webb
James Webb 3 օր առաջ
High quality content per usual
Lorraine Carlisle
Lorraine Carlisle 3 օր առաջ
Hi, I came across this video by accident. Let me point out that I don’t know anything about music. I can’t tell a major from a minor. I wanted to get that out of the way. I found the video fascinating and I watched it all. I think the fact that I love the song was part of what grabbed my attention but also just how you explain it is captivating.. I ended up watching a few more videos of yours. I know this is not a one sentence answer but how is the note change in “All By Myself” better (better might be the wrong word) than the note change in “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston. I am not asking for a “battle of the songs” to see which one wins but rather, the differences. Do you ever do compare and contrast videos. Maybe I can appreciate one song’s superiority when I am comparing it to something less superior. It would really help some non-musicians who are fascinated about the depth of the music in a song. Whitney Houston’s song does have a key change, right? If not, I am totally embarrassed and this hammers in how little I know about music.
Fluffow 3 օր առաջ
Should have told us in the first 30 sec that her family just died. Baiting watch time
oneworldfamily 3 օր առաջ
Love a good key change
porl3004 3 օր առաջ
Hi Adam, me and a colleague who have adored cadences and modulations in soul and pop (for example Todd Rungren) have been chasing the theory behind progressions like this https :// Would you consider presenting a video similarly to your brilliant “extreme jazz reharmonization” technique so we can write gooey-phoric twinkly chord cadences?! Or possibly in a reply give me a clue to what chapter I should be reading - be it something in literature, or an arranger or online tutor who has the secret sauce on these super juicy modulated pop progressions. ? Many thanks to you and your friends and followers. 🙏🏻
Aaron Lucas
Aaron Lucas 3 օր առաջ
Another song that affects me like this one is Uninvited by Alanis Morissette from City of Angel's. A tune with only four notes. Same with Paul McCartney's Maybe I'm Amazed.
Shadow Mancer
Shadow Mancer 3 օր առաջ
Almost halfway thru and I have NO IDEA what any of this means. Lol...
The Girl From Ipanema is a far weirder song than you thought
Céline Dion - All By Myself (Live in Boston, 2008)
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