Linking Verse and Chorus

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Q: Arash asks… I have written a good chorus but the verse I wrote for it sounds like it doesn’t belong to that chorus musically.. What can I do?

A: There could be a few things causing this…

1. In today’s successful songs, the chords in both the verse and chorus are usually very similar. Check to see if your chords have changed too much, if you’ve moved too far outside the key, if you’re changing chords too frequently in your verse.

2. The underlying rhythm/tempo ALWAYS stays the same in current songs. Tap your foot to a steady beat and then play your verse and chorus along with the beat.

3. Even though you say the problem is in the music, be sure your verse lyrics lead up to and support your chorus lyric.

4. Try adding a pre-chorus to create a transition from one section to the next and leave both just as they are.

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Author: Robin Frederick

Robin Frederick is the author of Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting and Shortcuts to Songwriting for Film & TV. She has written and produced more than 500 songs for television, records, theater, and audio products. She is a former Director of A&R for Rhino Records and Executive Producer of 60 albums. Visit Robin's websites for more songwriting tips and inspiration: www.RobinFrederick.com and www.MySongCoach.com.