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How do you build a song’s momentum towards the chorus? Which chords work best in the pre-chorus of a song? In this video, Berklee Online instructor Andrea Stolpe shares a few harmonic and motivic best practices for writing engaging pre-choruses to your songs.

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Andrea Stolpe is a multiplatinum songwriter, performing artist, and educator. She has worked as a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and Universal Music Publishing, with songs recorded by such artists as Faith Hill, Daniel Lee Martin, Julianne Hough, and others. Andrea is the author and instructor of the course Commercial Songwriting Techniques, part of Berklee Online’s online songwriting program. Her book Popular Lyric Writing: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling describes how to apply a unique process for uniting our artistic voice with the commercial market.

Andrea graduated with a degree in songwriting from Berklee College of Music. She continues to tour and promote her solo release, Breaking Even, and serve as a guest clinician nationally and abroad. Andrea lives in Los Angeles with her husband, recording engineer Jan Teddy.

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[MUSIC PLAYING]

It would be important
for you first to identify

what’s happening at
the end of your verse

that makes it difficult for
you to move into a pre-chorus.

A few things that come
to mind might be–

can you set yourself up so
that you end on the five

chord, the dominant function chord,
so that you have somewhere to go?

And in your pre-chorus,
don’t start on the root

because the root is–
that’s the cadence.

Don’t start on the tonic, I mean.

That’s home.

We don’t want to get
there till the chorus.

So I would recommend
transcribing the chord changes

of a few songs that have pre-choruses.

You’ll probably find that there’s not
much tonic element in the pre-chorus

because it’s building,
building, building to the tonic.

So the two minors, the six
minors, the fours, the fives

are going to be prominent
as far as your chords go.

Melodically, make sure
you’ve got contrast.

Try writing simple motif one,
motif two, motif one, motif two.

And that’s it.

That’s your verse.

Or just one motif repeated–

[SINGING RHYTHM]

[RHYTHM CHANGES]

Where I started doing the new
one, that’s the pre-chorus.

So look for a lack of repetition.

[MUSIC PLAYING]