Chord progressions are a vital part of song writing. Let’s learn how to construct a chord progression for songwriters.
Start with the musical scale
To start out here is a C major scale…
C major Scale
In the illustration each note of the scale is assigned a number form 1 to 7. With the C note being “1”. This is the starting place for creating chords.
Here is the list of names for the other degrees of the scale:
To create a chord, use the basic scale using the numbers to build the chord. The first chord is C. To make a C chord all that is need is to use this simple formula 1-3-5. With each number representing the number in the scale. The C chord is C-E-G. That is the C = 1, E = 3, G = 5. Basically the chord is made up of three note at ever other note interval
Additional videos for this title: j.mp Music Theory 102: Harmony by Gregg Fine Video 7 of 23 for Music Theory 102: Harmony If melody is the story of a song, then harmony is the feeling behind the story. To create songwriting magic, you need to know both. In this Harmony tutorial by chordiologist Gregg Fine, get the whole story of harmony and learn how you can enhance the color and emotion of your tunes. Harmony starts with triads: the basic building blocks for chords. In this tutorial youll learn how to combine intervals to change the nature and color of the chords in your productions. Watch and listen as Gregg shows how to build major, minor, diminished and augmented chords, along with their inversions. You’ll also see and hear how added tones can add a new dimension to simple chords. Professor Fine then introduces you to extensions, suspended chords, power chords and arpeggios. You learn all about the Circle of 5ths and how it can be used to create chord progressions. Understanding progressions is key to building a successful and satisfying song. Gregg wraps it all up by taking you to another dimension as he teaches you how to create well-designed progressions, modulations, pedal tones, drones and ostinatos. So if you’re looking to get a better understanding of that musical feeling, this insightful tutorial on Harmony by Gregg Fine will take you there. More info on this title: j.mp
www.creativeguitarstudio.com Search Andrew Wasson.com for FREE lesson Handouts. This Video: September 28, 2010 | Search Videos by Date. www.andrewwasson.com Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers a viewers question… Q: Hi Andrew, I’m a long time subscriber, first time question submitter! I’m looking for some tips on using chords for their essence and their character. Kind of like you hear chords used in movie sound tracks & for TV show themes. Ya see, a friend of mine wants me to play some music in their video project, but I’m used to writing songs, ie; verse, bridge, chorus, etc. And, leaving behind the standardized motion of chord movement (found in a typical song) is proving very difficult for me. Got any tips you can give me for writing chord progressions like this? Thanks for awesome guitar lessons, – James, Portland, Oregon A: Composing chord changes like you’ve described is most certainly a very different approach than say, writing chord changes for an average; rock, country, pop, or jazz tune. In popular music, chords are usually functioning within a key center, they’ll conform to a harmony and they’ll often have a specific recurring groove. Sometimes it’s necessary to understand how to both play and write changes that operate in a way that ignores a good deal of what we take for granted. The complete lesson article for this video will be available on the Creative Guitar Studio website shortly. Follow me on Twitter for lesson posting announcements …
Understanding chord symbols is important in songwriting. Here we will cover the topic of chord symbols and chord construction. While there are many books out there on the market, there is very little explanation of how chords symbols are interpreted. I’d like to share some of my insight with you. In most song sheets chords are given for guitar or keyboard players. Functional names are not used for this purpose. Instead, the root and quality of the chord are given in what may be termed lead-sheet notation (for example, Cmaj and F#min). Continue reading »
There is more to becoming a songwriter than just writing lyrics. Lyrics are just one of many elements that make a song. A well rounded songwriter needs skills to compose melodies, create chord progressions as well as the ability to write lyrics.
Taking a look back at 2017 here are the best songwriting articles on the Learn How to Write Songs blog.
There are a variety of subjects that songwriters find useful. You will find these are the most popular for this year.
These posts are filled with an abundance of tips, ideas, insights written to help you write better songs..
In case you missed these blog posts or neglected to bookmark them for future reference and inspiration, here are the Best Learn How to Write Songs Blog Posts of 2017 and don’t forget to leave a comment to join the discussion: Continue reading »
Taking a look back at 2013 here are the top songwriting articles on this website.
From Chord Progressions and Lyric Writing tips to Songwriting Challenges and other useful Ideas Tips, we publish a bunch of posts on the Learn How to Write Songs Blog.
These posts may be overflowing with tips, ideas, insights, and more. Your contribution can make this Blog a thriving community of information and discussion.
In case you missed them or forgot to bookmark them for reference and inspiration, here are the Top 10 Learn How to Write Songs Blog Posts of 2013 and don’t forget to leave a comment to join the discussion: Continue reading »
After the first attempt, even the most seasoned guitar players realized that songwriting is a horse of a different color. Don’t be disheartened by the new challenge and its learning curve. A well-composed song is a permanent reflection of you as an artist.
In this post, I’ll share five handy (interconnected) tips that will help you turn a good guitar riff into a great song. Of course, my method isn’t the only way to go about it. But I learned it from the pros and found it to be immensely helpful.
So, with the hope that you can accomplish your creative goals with it, let’s get to it.
For musical beginners and even experienced musicians, the worlds and genres of electronic music making and production can be confusing. So in this post, we’ve asked Dr. Mark Polishook, a renowned jazz pianist, electro-acoustic musician and self-confessed synthesiser technology addict, the question we hear time and time again:
How important is music theory when it comes to electronic music production?
A majority of beginner musicians wonder how to write a song that people will be crazy about. If you have already written a song or two, you most likely know how amazing it feels to compose your music and articulate yourself through chords, lyrics, and melodies.
As you continue to learn how to compose songs, you’ll observe that songwriting tutorials aren’t the same. This is a normal thing as the songwriting process is different for every person. Some people like to begin with chord progression, some write the lyrics, while others commence with a melody. Moreover, some might write the lyrics first then come up with a title, or write a title then continue from there. All these tactics are ideal for writing songs. Continue reading »
This is a question that has been asked by almost every pianist. If you play the piano, you can write a piano composition, too. All you need is some theory, creativity and inspiration. Different songwriters have different strategies of writing. In addition, if you are looking for one universal way how to write songs on the piano, we must disappoint you. But we offer you a piece of practical advice how to do it, and you can pick up what is the most natural for you. Make your dream come true! Continue reading »
Every new songwriter can feel uninspired and lost at the beginning of this journey. The sole idea of having a blank page you need to fill with fine lyrics is overwhelming. As Peter Braxton, songwriter and an expert at a thesis writing service says: ‘The hard thing is to start the song. When you have an excellent beginning, the rest will just come rushing to you’. Here are 7 tips to help you begin writing songs.
Writing a song isn’t half as hard as it seems. There is basically no limitation or wrong answer as to how you should begin or which idea you have to pursue. The only forbidden thing is copying other people’s songs. In fact, if you ask any songwriter how they came up with the beginning of their song, they will all struggle to explain their start. Continue reading »
The function of pay-off lines is to provide a sense of satisfaction and completion for the listener. The pay-off, most often found at the end of the chorus, is the line that ties the song together. It provides the emotional punch, or surprise, and adds impact to the lines that precede it.