Harmonizing a Melody: When You Should Keep the Chorus SIMPLE
Written by Gary Ewer
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With chord progressions in general, simple is better than complicated. And you'd be surprised by how simple simple can be. A good chorus melody doesn't need to be anything more than one or two notes, as long as the progression underneath it is simple and sensible.
A good verse melody should carefully match the mood of the lyric, and in that sense, you can be somewhat creative: use good contour, and create a climactic high point. And particularly in contemporary pop, if your verse melody is well-constructed and interesting, your chorus works better if it's minimized to two or three notes, and the lyric is somewhat repetitious.
Here's a good example of a two-note melody that works well as an intro as well as a chorus:
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