A Quick Read for Achieving Contrast With Your Chords
Songwriters : When you’re writing a song, it’s important to have your verse sound different from your chorus. It’s a great way to make your chorus stand out. Contrasting your sections is how you keep each section sounding interesting.
A lot of times contrast is achieved in the melody, but it’s important to note that it can be accomplished with your chords as well. Here are a few ways you can create contrast between your sections, by using your chord progressions: Songwriters
1. Use different chords in each section. If you use the same chords from section to section, you’ll be relying very heavily on your melody to come up with the contrast between sections. It’s usually more interesting to simply use a different progression of chords in each section.
2. Use a different rhythmic pattern between each section. For example, if you play the chords slowly in the verses, try a quicker paced rhythm in your chorus. If you arpeggiate your verses, try strumming your choruses.
3. Start each section on a different chord. If your verses start on the I chord, try starting your choruses on the V chord, for example. Songwriters
4. Play your chords for a different length in each section. If the chords in your verses are four beats each, try making the chords in your chorus two beats each. A good amount of breath to have between each set of chords. Will make the lyrics sound richer, too.
5. Play your words for different lengths in each section. If your verses are longer than your chorus, try making the words shorter in each section.
6. Switch your chord accents in each section. If you’re playing a standard rock arrangement, play your chords like you would at a full volume, except in the chorus, where you drop your octaves down to lower ones.
7. If you have a 3-chord song, play the chords across the whole song, including the verse and the bridge. Or play the chords strictly, for the bridge. Songwriters
8. Play your song in a different key, to get a feel for the unique sounds of each chord.
9. If you’re used to playing mostly lead, try playing a few rhythms specialize for the various chord progressions.
10. Experiment with the melody, to get a feel for the beats that would go with your chords, and how much contrast they might require.
11. Remember that when you’re writing songs, regardless of the genre, they’re all about your enjoyment. Go for the fast tempo, to get your audience crackled up and eager to know more. But consider the wider range of tempos, to please everyone.
Choosing a melody can be a challenge. How do you write a melody, when you improvise so much on the move? In the tradition of improvisation, I believe a great method is to write the melody while also playing the chords. This makes for extended chord knowledge, and makes the music more through-composed than improvised. I put this method into practice with the tune “From My thoughts to You” by C. A. S webber. Songwriters
11- Improvise over a specific chord progression. Choose a chord progression and play a few minutes of it, then improvise over it. Just those few minutes will help you remember the sound you should be creating. But you don’t have to deviate from the chord progression. The main thing is to find out what works over that chord progression, whether it’s minor, major, fast or slow.
12. Lastly, choose the melodies, at the very beginning. Choose two melodies you like, and one that’s similar to your other choices. One of the main things about music, especially New Age piano, is that you’re not concerned with achieving perfection. You’re not setting up a masterpiece. You’re exploring feelings, emotions, and what comes out of you, within a certain framework.
One thing I’ve exposed in this article is that nothing is set in stone when it comes to how you will create a song. Every genre of music is different, and no one employs bolts of lightning to strike a perfect chord progression. Experiment, experiment, experiment and have fun!