The Most Cliche' MODULATION (Know This... Or Be Left Behind)

The Most Cliche' MODULATION (Know This... Or Be Left Behind)

Tommaso Zillio

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last chorus modulation

If you want to write your songs, what I am about to show you is absolute must-know information.

Try this experiment:

Turn on the radio - or any of those online services that stream music and underpay artists.

(Artists that could totally leave said streaming services en masse anytime… but let’s not get into that now)

Find a pop song and listen to the last chorus.

Yes, this may require you to listen to a whole 3 minutes pop song, which I understand is a lot to ask given how long attentions spans are lately…

… but I know that you. You are a committed musician and can submit to this sacrifice for the ultimate and supreme goal of perfecting your craft.

(Geez… the things I have to say to convince people to listen to pop…)

Anyway… note how the last chorus of most pop songs is in a different key than the rest of the song.

This is so common that is now a cliche’… but why it is done?

Can’t we write a pop song that does NOT do that?

Turns out that there is a very good reason for doing it - and if you don’t do it, then you totally have to compensate in another way.

I show you all the whys and hows here:

When writing songs - especially if you want to change key in them - it pays to have a working knowledge of harmony at your fingertips. and mind: this is exactly where most wannabe songwriters fall short!

You don’t want to learn ‘academic’ harmony: you want to learn real-life street-fighting harmony directly on the guitar fretboard. And here’s your ticket for that: the Complete Chord Mastery guitar course


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