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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! 

Best, 

Avi

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