4 easy ways to improve your chord progressions

Have you ever felt like your chord progressions sounded boring, basic, or sus?

Don’t worry—you’re in the right place. In the tutorial video above, we go over four simple ways you can improve your chord progressions. Spanning go-to techniques like inversions to lesser-known tricks like rootless voicings, these concepts will help you add textural flavor to your progressions without altering their core structure.

While we’ll be showcasing examples using the rich timbres found in Korg Collection 3 and a variety of DAWs (FL Studio, Bitwig Studio, and Ableton Live), you can apply these ideas using any instruments and workstations of your choosing. If you enjoyed the drum sounds that we used to support our chord progressions across the video, you can also find all of the samples in this Collection.

Lastly, if some of the terminology used in this tutorial went over your head, see this article for a deeper dive into the fundamental building blocks of harmony.

Do you have your own tricks for improving chord progressions that we didn’t cover? What topic in music production would you like to see us tackle on our YouTube channel next? Let us know in the comments below.

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August 21, 2021

Nick Chen Content Marketing @ Splice. Nick Chen is a producer, performer, and educator under the aliases "nickthechen" and "Enix."