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Contrasting the Verse and the Chorus

Author: Jimmy Kachulis

Lesson description

Berklee Online songwriting instructor Jimmy Kachulis explains how to create a chord progression for a verse and one for a chorus that uses some of the tools for harmonic contrast.

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