Chord Progression Theory Hacks to Make Your Chorus Stand Out (feat. "Down with the Drama")

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In this video you’ll learn how to make your chorus chord progressions stand out from all those boring template-style progressions.

Hack 1: Change the Changes If there’s just one thing you do to make your chord progressions better, let it be this hack. It’s arguably the most effective yet easiest way to make your chorus chords stand out from all those overused chord-progression templates. This hack involves syncopating the harmonic rhythm, which is basically a fancy way of saying that you change chords in between the 1/4 notes (i.e. on the off-beat)

Hack 2: Extend By Melody As you probably know, triads (like F♯m) are the simplest type of chord as they only contain three notes, and extended chords (like F♯m7) are more complex chords as they contain four notes, or even more (like F♯m9). Now, most songwriters and producers approach extended chords as block chords, which means they think of each chord as one thing. With this hack, you’ll approach extended chords as two things, the triads below, with a melody above.

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Kate & Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony)
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