Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Move from a chorus to a bridge, part of Songwriting Techniques with Chords.
- The role of a bridge in a pop song…is to provide a variation or break…from the repetition of the verse and the chorus.…A bridge is sometimes referred to as the middle eight.…And this is in reference…to a bridge's length being eight bars…which many times is the case…in traditional verse/chorus/bridge forms.…There are many ways to create…the sense of relief a bridge provides.…Sometimes this is accomplished…through production or arrangement…like a new instrument coming in…or a shift in the rhythmic backing.…This relief can also be achieved…through the harmony of the song.…One of the common ways…to transition from a bridge to a chorus…in a song in a major key…is by moving from the tonic chord to the sixth chord.…
Let me show you how this can work with our song…Why Can't You Say You Love Me.…Here's our song from the end of the chorus…transitioning into the bridge.…We established that the song is firmly in C major…in the last video.…If you look at the first bar of the bridge,…the first chord is A minor,…which is the sixth chord of C major.…
In this course, musician Julian Velard demonstrates the many ways to write songs with chords, and how altering chords can change how a song sounds. He starts by explaining how chords and harmony affect a song's feel and form. Next, he shows how to harmonize a melody with chords, and demonstrates how changing the harmonic rhythm can affect the feel and sound of a song. Julian then illustrates how to form an entire song using chords. Finally, he goes deeper and shows how to use chord extensions as melody notes to create a more complex melody.
- Harmonizing a melody
- Changing the harmonic rhythm
- Treating the melody as a chord extension
- Moving from a verse to a chorus
- Transitioning from a chorus to a bridge