How to add color to your music with chord extensions

When crafting chord progressions, we often find ourselves relying primarily on triads.

While they’re incredibly versatile and useful, if you’re always solely using simple triads, you may find that your chord progressions sound stale or not as nuanced as you’d like. One solution is using chord extensions to make your chords sound more full and lush. While they might feel intimidating at first, you can actually create your own extended chords without having too much prior exposure to the music theory of harmony.

In the tutorial video above, we walk through the exact steps for how to add color to your chords using a few common extensions. We’ll demonstrate the process using both the piano roll in a DAW and a keyboard controller, so that you can easily visualize how to voice your own chords.

Do you have any questions on creating chord extensions? What topic would you like to see us cover next? Let us know in the comments below.

January 10, 2021

Julie Schatz Julie Schatz is a producer, singer-songwriter, pianist, and violinist who creates beats that merge a wide array of genres.