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Understanding Chord Symbols

April 12th, 2012 by

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). (more…)

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    Some songs that use the Ôlaundry list’ technique in their lyric will use imagery that is the opposite of the title/hook. The way this works is the list could be comprised of all the things that the protagonist in the song will allow the object of his/her desires, but the hook revolves around what he/she won’t allow. Listen to the lyrics of ÒAchy Braky Heart’ for a good example of this (I know, I know, we all want the shoot the man who wrote it, but I couldn’t find a better exampleÉsorry.)