Is the pre-chorus the same as a lift, a channel, a ramp, a climb, a refrain?  Yes, yes, yes, yes – no.

While you’ve heard people talk about the pre-chorus, what’s its role in a song and when should you be leveraging it to create a great song?

We’ll break down the role of the pre-chorus (aka ramp, channel, B-section, lift) and how it fits into the song elements that combine to create your song lyric.


Is A Single Statement Of Your Central Idea

It’s role includes:

  1. Propels the listener lyrically and melodically into the chorus
  2. Is a consistent cue at the end of each verse that the chorus is approaching
  3. Act as a contrasting element if same chords used in the verse & chorus
  4. Help you get from a low vocal ending note in your verse to a much higher vocal start note               in your chorus (e.g., octave change)
  5. Building energy from what might be a calm verse to hyped up chorus


A pre-chorus or channel is usually only two lines and should use a chord progression that has an anticipatory feel.

For example, if you’re in the Key of C and your verse and chorus are two chords – C and F only, you could use the progression of   Am    F | G  in your pre-chorus to create lift and contrast:

Line one:  is four bars of Am (the 6m chord)

Line two is:  two bars of F (the 4 chord), then two bars of G (the 5 chord)


Song Elements