Making The Chorus Bigger: Switch Cymbals

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In our new series Making The Chorus Bigger we will examine numerous
ways to get your chorus to get to the size you want it to be. We will
examine the many tricks that can be utilized to make this happen.

Most of the time when people think about making a chorus bigger, they don’t think about what to do with the cymbals. One of the best ways to make your chorus bigger and give it more energy is to use Open Hi-Hat, Crashes or crashed Ride cymbals in the chorus. If you don’t use these cymbals in the verse they can bring a huge lift to your chorus. It is often advisable to stick to Closed Hi-Hat, tip of the stick played Ride cymbals or Toms for the verse switching to the louder cymbal techniques to make the chorus dynamics pick up!

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.