Music Theory for Song Writers: From the Basics to Fluency

Learn all the tools and music theory you need to write your own music.

Music Theory for Song Writers: From the Basics to Fluency

Learn all the tools and music theory you need to write your own music.
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About the Class

In this course, I will be teaching you everything you need to know for you to easily and confidently write the songs you have always want to.  This course has been designed specifically for songwriters interested in popular music. You won't get bogged down trying to learn things that won't be necessary to write songs in pop, rock, folk, country, EDM, and many other styles. Just the music theory you need in easy, step-by-step lessons designed to inspire as you learn.

What will you learn in this course?

  • How to make scales (major and minor)
  • How to make chords (major, minor, diminished, and dominant)
  • Common chord progressions used in popular music
  • How to listen to different rhythms
  • How to use scales to develop and write great melodies
  • Song Structure (parts of a song)
  • The power of intervals in songwriting
  • Songwriting exercises and techniques

As you progress through these videos there will be a certain goal to meet:

At any time you are inspired to write your own song (or song fragment) please document it. The easiest way is to record it on your phone.  Feel free to share with me and I can give comments.  Please note I would only give comments on structural/theoretical aspects, as songwriting is very subjective and as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Lesson 6: Pick any note on the keyboard and write a major and minor scale using the tone/semi-tone method
  • Lesson 10: name and find any interval on the piano/guitar up to one octave apart.
  • Lesson 16: pick any note and build a major/minor/dominant/diminished and minor 7 chord by using the step counting method
  • Lesson 22: Write your own I - IV -V progression using different various talked about in the lessons
  • Lesson 28: Write your own 4 and 8 bar progressions using any of the chords from the minor or major scale (chord tones)
  • Lesson 33: play and sing along with the different variations of “POP” chord progressions
  • Lesson 38: Try writing your own melodies using a combination of short and large intervals
  • Lesson 42: Listen to songs you like and name the different sections of the song and make your own “song structure chart”

Author

Michael Emenau

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Michael Emenau's School

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What's Included

Language: English
Level: Beginner
Skills: Guitar, Lyric Development, Music Composition, Song Writing, Music Theory, Music, Piano
Age groups: All ages
Certificate: On completion
Duration: 3 hours 31 minutes
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