6 In-Depth Tips On How To Pick A Chord Progression To Match Your Lyric Melody
Picking the right chords to match your lyric melody can make the difference between a good song and a great song. It can also make the difference between an upbeat song and a more ballad-esque song.
We’ve put together 6 top tips for you on how to pick the perfect chord progression to match your lyric melody, PLUS we’ve included a bunch of our own ideas for you…
3 Ways to Write A Perfect Chorus
Great choruses stay with you for a lifetime.
They’re the ones that you find earworming in the small hours when you can’t get to sleep; the ones you hum on the way to work and the ones that you’ll still be singing years after the song itself has faded from the charts.
But how do you write a truly great chorus; one with all the qualities I mentioned above?
Killing in the Name
Killing in the Name: Deconstructing a Perfect Protest Song
Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name - since its release in 1992, the track has become an enduring classic, with none of its fiery potency diminished. In fact, I’d argue that it’s the perfect protest song. Here’s why.
Writing a Killer Second Verse
I used to hate second verses. As far as I’m concerned, they’re the hardest part of a song to write. I don’t have a problem coming up with choruses, and the first verse usually follows soon after. But verse number two was always a major stumbling block.
The challenge with a second verse is creating something that’s as impacting as the first, but different enough that it advances the narrative, or the emotional mood of the piece. If it’s too close to the first verse, you repeat yourself. But, if it goes in a completely different direction, it can feel completely out of place.
Three great Lyrics based on George Orwell Novels
George Orwell is one of the most influential writers of modern literature. In particular, “1984” and “Animal Farm” are regarded as classics, staples of high school reading lists as well as critics’ “best ever” lists.
It’s unsurprising, then, that so many popular songs have been based on George Orwell’s works. You’ll find references to “1984” and “Animal Farm” in many songs across pop and rock.