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Electronic Music Theory: How to Quickly Write Better Chord Progressions w/ Pat Cupo

Electronic Music Theory: How to Quickly Write Better Chord Progressions w/ Pat Cupo
A lot of students have asked me for tips and tricks to writing better chord progressions. By that time they had already learned about building Major and Minor chords, but when it came to a chord progression – a series of chords occurring in time – they were a bit stuck. If you’re ever in the same position, then feel free to use these simple guidelines to help you quickly write chord progressions. Follow them carefully and strictly at first and over time it’ll start to come naturally to you. 1) Use only Major or Minor chords. Just keep things simple. C Major [audio: Major Chord C Minor [audio: Minor Chord 2) Begin and end with the same chord The thing about music is that it’s like a game. [audio: Minor Chord So what chord am I going to end with? 3) Move freely among diatonic chords The word Diatonic means “from the tonic”. [audio: Minor Scale [audio: Chords Here’s the secret: You can move freely around these diatonic chords in any way you want. Now to make things interesting. [audio: Dm FM

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