oic – now i get it. thank you very much for your help.  it has saved me a lot of time. i didn’t understand quite a bit of ‘modulating’ or had forgotten a lot of it and you have helped me to ‘fill the gaps’.  i had this idea that modulations generally went up a fourth or fifth.  i discovered that this is generally the case in classical music and that explained to myself (classical background) why i became confused in the first instance. i had totally overlooked key relationships/cycle of fourths etc. doh!

i have heard bands in jam sessions jump to another key and i hadn’t listened to which key they jumped.  had i done so, i probably would have realised that they favour such patterns as whole/half step modulations and generally ascend rather than descend. i had not listened (with my ears sufficiently open) to singers change key. neither had i read up enough of, firstly, looking for common chords and, secondly, choosing common tones and then going to the dominant seventh chord of the target key.

finally, as is always the case, i did find an article, complete with exercises, on modulation from a book by gail smith called “complete book of modulations for the pianist”.  this was very useful too.  it was on a “creative keyboard” site if anyone else is interested.
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