The 5 Levels Of Metric Modulation In The Chorus Of A Song

Author: Tommaso Zillio

Have you notice how in most songs the chorus is either 8 bars long or 4 bars long… and how the time signature seems to be 4/4 all the time?

It’s like there is a formula that most songwriters follow and that gives the same rhythmic structure to the chorus every single time.

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Now, if you want to write formula music, that is ok – no problem here. But if you want your song to stand out of the pack and do something original, then maybe you should consider something different than the usual thing.

Luckily, there are artists who take some chance with their rhythmic structures.

In this video we see the 5 levels of changing your time signature in the song chorus. Not a common move – but one that makes your song stand out every time. You can just skip a beat or do something more adventurous… so watch the video below and get some inspiration for your next song:

Of course, you can do other things rather than changing time signature or inventing your rhythmic structures: you can also use some of the less common time signatures available.

For instance, you could use a time signature of 5/4, here’s how to make it sound groovy:

Or instead you could use a 7-based signature, such as 7/8 or 7/4. Here’s how to get into that:

Enjoy!

About the Author

Tommaso Zillio is a prog rock guitarist and teacher with a passion for Music Theory applied to Guitar. To know more do not forget to subscribe to his youtube channel.

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