Tag: chords

Shake up your songwriting and improvising with articles to help you integrate new patterns into your playing, and provide tips and tools to help you recognize and remember chords more quickly.

  • 3 Common Broken Chord Patterns to Inspire Beginner Pianists

    3 Common Broken Chord Patterns to Inspire Beginner Pianists

    This video is an excerpt of our free course “Music Theory for Beginner Pianists.” The piano is an astounding instrument. It offers players the opportunity to experiment with a nearly endless range of textures, dynamics, and even timbres. Of course, being faced with all those options can be pretty overwhelming, especially for those who are…

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  • Music Theory Breakdown: Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam”

    Music Theory Breakdown: Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam”

    The first song on Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo album, and my favorite so far, is the beautiful, gospel-saturated “Ultralight Beam.” The song uses only four chords, but they’re an interesting four: C minor, E♭ major, A♭ major, and G7. To find out why they sound so good together, let’s do a little music theory. “Ultralight Beam” is…

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  • Pop Music Theory Analysis: Why Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” Is Surprisingly Hip

    Pop Music Theory Analysis: Why Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” Is Surprisingly Hip

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. Top 40 charts typically aren’t where I go to find new music. When I was a younger musician, I’ll admit I saw that as a sort of…

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  • 5 Free Synth Plugins to Help You Hone Your Synth Sound

    5 Free Synth Plugins to Help You Hone Your Synth Sound

    + Learning to record and mix at home? Check out Soundfly’s acclaimed online courses on mixing, production, and beat making — Subscribe for unlimited access. So, you’ve made the resolution to dive deeper into your productions. You want to move away from the stock offerings in your DAW and experiment more to arrive at new sounds and…

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  • Beyond the Pop Progression: 3 Simple Harmonic Strategies

    Beyond the Pop Progression: 3 Simple Harmonic Strategies

    Most of us have watched and re-watched that Axis of Awesome video by now. If you haven’t, take a moment and do it now. I’ll be here when you’re done. The point that video makes is that countless songs we all know and love are built around the same harmonic changes. There’s nothing wrong with…

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  • 5 Chord Progressions to Kickstart Your Songwriting

    5 Chord Progressions to Kickstart Your Songwriting

    Need a boost of inspiration? Try any of these fool-proof chord progressions to jumpstart your writing process.

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  • How to Create Dreamier Guitar Chords

    How to Create Dreamier Guitar Chords

    Are you planning to write a romantic love song for a special person in your life, or in love with genres like dream pop, psychedelic rock, or shoegazer music? Or, are you simply getting bored of writing songs with those typical, standard-tuning bar chords on the guitar? Then here are some useful tools for you. If you’re…

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