Asked • 04/12/19

Is there any significance of key change of 3 semitones in pop songs?

I was listening to Nightwish's Nemo and noticed they have a key change of 3 semitones from Dm to Fm out of the blue that just sounds pretty good/unnoticeable: And then I remembered that Livin' on a Prayer song also had a 3 semitone jump as well (Em to Gm)! Is there a reason why these key changes seem so smooth? The last chord before the key change is 5 semitones below the root chord of the new key so I believe it only shares one note (C goes to Fm, D goes to Gm) - is this the actual/enough reason?

1 Expert Answer


Samuel I. answered • 07/18/20

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(B.M.) Theory and Composition and 8+ Years of teaching experience

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