Musical Changes That Will Amaze You


In this video by Rick Beato, we show you a range of Musical Changes That Will Amaze You. These songwriters and producers use and combine elements in truly exceptional ways in order to masterfully craft songs. This is crucial for all up and coming song writers and producers.

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well i like the the way you use the word surprise because me the essence of all music is surprise when i listen to a piece of music if i’m not surprised within the first eight bars i’ve stopped listening that was from my recent interview with sting he says the essence of all great music is surprise so what does he mean by that what kind of surprises can you have in music well i came up with 13 different things off the top of my head that are great ways to use surprise in music the first of them is a sudden change in dynamics from soft to loud loud to soft [Music] [Applause] [Music] that is a great example of sudden dynamic change as a matter of fact nirvana their arrangements use this all

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the time the second thing is modulation modulation is when you change keys typically when you do it on a section that’s a surprising thing and what is one of the greatest examples of that well [Music] [Music] the song is in a flat major or f minor depending on where you start but it’s really going from an f minor add nine to an e major chord it just opens up there a third thing you can do is using multiple changes of key let’s say you have dance [Music]

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[Music] right here great great use of chromaticism and then [Music] so odd right but it sounds so natural idea number four is a sudden change of style before we go on if you’re new here or returning viewer make sure to subscribe [Music] that’s really the signature sound of the band number five you can add a bar of odd meter meaning change time signatures in a song

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[Music] that was of course dance on a volcano by genesis off trick of the tale now this changes time signatures pretty much every bar starts in six four one two three four five six then it goes into 11 16 which is one two three four one two three four one two three bomb it’s really hard to count then it goes into four four then it goes back to 11 16 then it goes into seven eight and this is just the intro it’s changing time signatures multiple times to create surprise number six is a change in vocal texture that can be adding harmonies or that could be going from full voice to falsetto here’s a great example of both

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sarah mclaughlin [Music] number seven is using a borrowed chord a borrowed chord is just grabbing a chord from a different key some cases it can be the parallel major or parallel minor key in this case it’s from the parallel major you know this song [Music] okay so this is actually borrowing a chord from the parallel major so it starts in g-sharp major when normally would be g-sharp minor so normally if you’re in

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the key of g-sharp minor you have the chords g-sharp minor and then we go down to the flat six major flat seven major this is using this modal interchange or borrowed chord from the parallel major so it’s [Music] this video is brought to you in part by my upcoming live shows in seattle and los angeles click the link in the description to be part of a live what makes this song great and ask me anything from the audience surprise number eight is what i would call rhythmic unrest that’s when things are rhythmically chaotic and then all of a sudden resolve themselves like this brush spirit of radio [Music]

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who would do something like that oh rush of course number nine one of the easiest things you can do is change tempo it’s something that songs rarely do anymore it’s just starting now to ramp up [Music] [Music] this song speeds up from the beginning where it starts at 116 bpm and then at the end it’s 151 so that’s a 35 bpm increase idea number 10 is using a melodic idea that’s from out in left field and a perfect example of that let me take you down cause i’m going to strawberry fields right here [Music] nothing is real and nothing to get about lennon is a

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master of that but this is unusually odd take you down because i’m going to strawberry fields but on the f sharp seven chord he goes nothing is real that is way out there idea number 11 is when you use a sound that is really unusual and unexpected like it starts with this really weird chord with a very strange ottawa or filtered sound id number 12 is when lyricists use enigmatic metaphors these are things that people try to decode and give their own meaning to and she’s buying a stare

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and she’s buying a stairway to heaven well that can mean anything that’s one of these enigmatic metaphors and lastly at 13 is the idea of combining multiple surprises in one song now many of these songs actually do that what is a house with a better view a family broken in variables what is a rapper with jewelry a way that i show my maturity listening that’s my list let me know if i forgot anything leave it in the comments thanks for watching [Music]

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