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Chorus Components and Techniques


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Let's learn the chorus components and techniques used for this song. The chorus is the section of the song that is repeated word for word. This repetition is what makes the song memorable and is usually what people think about when remembering a song (think "Every rose has it's thorn...", or "smoke on the waaater...fire in the sky").

Our verse form is:

G D A- C

G D A- C D

G D A- C

G D A- C D

The only chord embellishment that we use in the chorus is the pinky note that we add in the C chord to make it a Cadd9. Other than that, we will use straight open chords to rock.

The style in this chorus comes from how we play those chords. We will use muting to give these chords an extra little push. Notice that in our strumming and muting pattern, we use the same rhythm (four eighth notes) used in the verse. That's our riff for the chorus.

Next, we'll play along with the backing track.

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