How To Use Chords Like A Pro: Tonics, Dominants, and Cadences

music theory songwriting tips Nov 05, 2020

Chords are often the bedrock from which our songs emerge. All it can take is two chords and a simple melody to be the genesis for a whole piece. 

When I was first getting started as a songwriter, I would play every chord I knew to see what I liked for the song. Essentially, I was just throwing spaghetti at the wall. 

But as I learned more and studied more theory, I learned that each chord in a key has a specific role. More than that, you can achieve a wide variety of atmospheres and effects with a basic understanding of functional harmony.

This is the first of a four part video series where by the end of it, you'll have a solid grasp on how to analyze and create amazing sounding chord progressions, with ease. 

Comment below with your process for writing chord progressions and what you think about the video! 



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