Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video The chorus song form element, part of Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals.
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- In the early strophic song forms,…the chorus was designated in contrast to the verse…as the section of the song where the lyrics repeated.…As a result, it's often referred to…as the part of the song we remember.…In Ancient Greece, where the term stroph is derived from,…there was the tradition of the Greek chorus,…a group of actors that would provide commentary…on a performance by chanting in unison.…This was later adapted to songs to notate the part…the audience is supposed to sing along to.…We see this function of the chorus evolve first…with the music of Stephen Foster,…who's referred to as the father of American music,…and further with the composers of the American songbook…like Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin,…Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, and Harold Arlen.…
In the first half of the 20th century,…the chorus became identified as a 32 bar section…that followed an AABA form,…something we'll look at shortly,…where the composer focused the bulk of their creativity.…By the 1960s, the chorus evolved yet again…
Professional musician Julian Velard starts the course with the building blocks of harmony: notes, scales, intervals, chords, inversions, and basic chord progressions. He then goes into voice leading—showing how to move from one chord to another by changing just one or two notes—and reviews common song forms, from the familiar verse/chorus/verse of pop to the simple verse of the blues. At the end of each chapter, Julian explains the songwriting techniques shown in the chapter within the context of his own original commercially released songs.
- Understanding scales, intervals, and keys
- Triads or three-note chords
- Triad inversions
- Common major-scale chord progressions and cadences
- Voice leading
- Song form elements such as verse, chorus, bridge, hook, and more
- Using common song forms in songwriting
Skill Level Beginner
1. The Building Blocks of Harmony
2. Triads and Chord Progressions
3. Chord Progressions and Voice Leading
4. Song Forms
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