Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video The pre-chorus song form element, part of Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals.
- The pre-chorus in pop music is a specific type of bridge…that is designed to raise the level of intensity…and take us into the chorus,…an effect achieved through changes in…harmony, melody, production, tempo, and so on.…Other terms for pre-chorus include the climb,…the build, rise, or lift.…A lot of times the pre-chorus is contained…within the harmonic context of the verse,…a kind of hidden extension.…Hopefully, this overview has given you…a better understanding of the various components…that make up song forms.…
With these terms under our belt,…we can move on to discussing the different basic types…of song forms out there.…
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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