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Harmonic Ideas for the Chorus

Author: Jimmy Kachulis

Lesson description

Berklee Online songwriting instructor Jimmy Kachulis explains how to create an effective chorus using a chord progression in any key color that doesn't end on the I chord of the key.

Related Berklee Online Courses

OSONG-310 Songwriting: Writing Hit Songs
Learn to make the most effective settings for your melodic, harmonic and lyrical ideas. Move your listeners and express yourself more effectively by crafting song sections and complete songs the way hit writers do.

OSONG-316 Songwriting: Harmony
Learn how harmony can help you to convey the essential emotion of a song to your audience, and the best ways to adapt chords and progressions to suit your unique songwriting style and ideas.

OSONG-315 Songwriting: Melody
Learn to create all types of melodic ideas that clearly convey the emotion of the lyrics to your audience. Then, learn how to develop those melodic ideas into complete sections and complete songs that your audiences will remember and, if you want, sing along with.

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Learn how harmony can help you express your songwriting ideas—using chords and chord structures the way that professional songwriters do.

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