SONGWRITING SIMPLIFIED: Music Theory, Melody & Creativity
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SONGWRITING SIMPLIFIED: Music Theory, Melody & Creativity

Songwriting for PIANO and GUITAR. Chord Progressions, Scales, Melodies, and Lyrics... with no Music Reading!
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Created by Steve Glazer
Last updated 6/2019
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This course includes
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 38 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Fundamentals of music theory, to Chord Progressions, Melody Writing, and Lyric Writing
  • You WILL write a complete song by the end of this course following 5 simple steps!
  • You'll learn the same Chord Progressions used by hit songwriters. (Pop, Country, and Rock)
  • You'll be able to Transpose your song into any Key, to make it comfortable for you to sing - no matter what your vocal range is.
Requirements
  • You need only basic Guitar OR Piano playing experience.
  • You DO NOT have to know how to read music!
  • NO prior music theory knowledge is needed.
Description

Writing a song is not as difficult as you think!  If you can play some basic chords on Piano or Guitar, this course will teach you literally everything you need to know to get you started writing songs like the pros:  Practical Music theory, Chord Progressions, Melodies, Song Structure, Lyric Writing, Creativity, Songwriting Tips & Tricks, and... YOU WON'T HAVE TO READ A NOTE OF MUSIC!  And if you are a beginner player, you'll learn even more about Chords and Scales throughout the course. 

SONGWRITING SIMPLIFIED will take Pianists and Guitarists step by step through the entire songwriting process, and by the end of the course, you will have written a complete song: Chords, Melodies, and Lyrics!  


ALSO:  Are you a singer who is frustrated by having to depend on someone else to help you write your songs?

No problem!  This course will teach you basic chords on piano and guitar to get you started writing basic Chord Progressions to help you communicate your songs to other musicians you're playing or writing with.


Also included in the course:

  • Easy-to-read charts of Piano Chords AND Guitar Chords for all Major and Minor Keys. 

  • Easy-to-read charts of Piano Scales AND Guitar Scales for all Major and Minor Keys. 

  • Samples of hit Chord Progressions used in Pop, Country and Rock styles.

  • Insider tips that will help you write catchier melodies (hooks) in minutes.

  • Details on how to Transpose any song into a key that fits your vocal range.

  • Over 20 FREE Downloadable PDF's

  • And much more!



Who this course is for:
  • ANYONE who is interested in writing songs!
  • Guitarists AND Piano Players who want to learn music theory and how to write songs
  • Singers who are tired of depending on someone else to write their songs
  • Guitarists who want to learn more about Piano - and vice versa
Course content
Expand all 72 lectures 04:36:47
+ Introduction
2 lectures 04:02

**No reading music needed!**  We'll use the GUITAR and the PIANO to understand very practical music theory, song structure, melody, and chord progressions.  We'll also get into lyric writing and creativity!

Preview 01:21

From Classical compositions to modern Pop, Rock, and Country music - how many notes have been used in the last few hundred years?

How Many Notes??
02:41
+ Basic Music Theory
7 lectures 26:06

Don't be afraid!  Music theory is not as complicated as you think!  If you can do SIMPLE math, you can learn music theory.  We'll be focusing on practical theory.

What is Music Theory?
01:38

Let's start by looking at the piano keyboard to help understand the basics. 

Preview 04:07

Students often confuse these 2 terms, so let's make sure you've got it!

Notes and Chords
1 question

In this Lecture you'll learn a surprisingly easy way to play Major and Minor Scales on the Guitar and the Piano.

What are Steps and Intervals?
06:25

Write down 5 song ideas that you might want to use later to write your song!

Quick Break! (Song Ideas)
00:42

Let's talk about how the musical alphabet works.  You'll learn a great trick that'll get rid of any confusion when it comes to figuring out the names of the notes.

The Magical 12. The Musical Alphabet
03:36

Let's make sure you remembered this important rule!

The Musical Alphabet
1 question

Let's look at how the musical alphabet works on the Guitar and Piano.

Notes on the Guitar and the Piano
02:50

You'll learn how to use intervals to easily create any Major, Minor, or Diminished Chord you like!

How Chords Are Made
06:48
+ Introducing... Your Chords!
6 lectures 21:17

Those of you at intermediate or advanced levels of Piano and Guitar playing ability:  You may be able to skip the next 3 Lectures, but I recommend watching them - you may pick up a few new & interesting details.  Also, a pro Udemy tip for ya!

Can I Skip Ahead? (Plus FF and Slow-mo)
01:19

Complete charts and explanations for all basic Major Chords on Guitar and Piano

Major Chord Charts (Piano & Guitar)
06:45

Complete charts and explanations for all basic Minor Chords for Guitar and Piano

Minor Chord Charts (Piano & Guitar)
03:23

Complete charts and explanations for all basic Diminished Chords for Guitar and Piano

Diminished Chord Charts (Piano & Guitar)
02:50

Remember your 5 song ideas from the last section?  Write down ONE WORD that describes the emotion that fits best with each one of those ideas.

Quick Break! (Emotions)
01:00

A quick and easy explanation of Barre Chords and how they are used for Guitar players.

GUITAR ONLY: Barre Chord Help!
06:00
+ Introducing... Your Scales!
2 lectures 11:58

Complete charts and explanations for all basic Major Scales for Guitar and Piano

Major Scales (Piano & Guitar)
07:19

Complete charts and explanations for all basic Minor Scales for Guitar and Piano

Minor Scales (Piano & Guitar)
04:39
+ Chord Progressions: The REAL Fun Begins!!
16 lectures 01:18:07

Let's talk about Chord Progressions.  This is where many pro songwriters start the process of writing their songs. Let's look at C major to start.  Progressions can't be copywrited, so study your favorites!

What is a Chord Progression?
03:03

In this Lecture you'll learn the simplest and most popular chord progression of all time.  The "I IV V."

Preview 08:56

Here are some more examples of  I IV V Progressions on GUITAR - since they're not as easy to visualize as they are on Piano.

More for GUITAR: The I, IV, V
02:43

Here are a couple more examples of  I IV V Progressions on the PIANO - in 2 different Keys.

More for PIANO: The I, IV, V
02:01

Now let's talk about how to mix up the order of the "I IV V" Progression to create a bunch of different and cool song ideas.

Mixing Up The "I, IV, V" Progression
04:36

Adding just one more simple Chord (the "minor iv") to the "I, IV, V" opens us up to creating countless new song ideas.

The Minor "vi" Chord
04:53

Now let's learn ALL of the basic chords you can use to write in any Major Key you like.

Major Keys - Beyond the "I IV V"
10:36

PIANO PLAYERS: Another MAJOR KEY example, and more details on playing beyond the I IV V. 

Preview 03:15

GUITARISTS: Another MAJOR KEY example: playing beyond the I IV V. 

Preview 00:56

Now let's learn ALL the basic chords you can use to write in any Minor Key you like.

Minor Keys!
05:47

PIANO PLAYERS:  Let's try the Key of B Minor, to help you understand how to play ALL the chords in a Minor key!

More for PIANO: Minor Keys
01:31

GUITARISTS:  Let's try the Key of G Minor, to help you understand how to play ALL the chords in a Minor key!

More for GUITAR: Minor Keys
00:47

In this Lecture we'll talk about Relative Key is and how you can use this concept to control the emotional tone/feel of your song.  Each key is actually 2 keys.  A major key and a minor key! 

Relative Keys
10:11

Let's talk about how you can easily transpose (change) the key of your song into any other key you like, to fit your vocal range.

Transposing Your Song
05:11

No music theory course would be complete without a discussion of beats and rhythm.

Basic Rhythm
08:27

STEP ONE!  Write 2 different Chord Progressions in the same key.  We'll be using these later to write your complete song!

STEP 1: WRITE YOUR PROGRESSION!
05:14
+ Progressions for Pop, Rock, and Country
6 lectures 17:27

Let's talk about how chord progressions are related to different musical styles.

Preview 01:05

In this lesson you'll learn how countless hit Pop songs were written!

Major Keys: I IV V’s…. I V vi IV…. I IV vi V….  I vi ii V…. I iii IV V

Minor Keys: i VI III VII….  i VI VII…  i VII VI VII…  i III iv VII

"Pop" Music Chord Progressions
06:34

In this lesson you'll learn how countless hit Country songs were written!

Maj Keys: I IV V’s... IV I V I…. I IV I V… I vi IV V

"Country" Music Chord Progressions
02:35

In this lesson you'll learn how countless hit Rock songs were written!

Minor Keys: VI VII i….  i VI VII… i VII VI… i III VI VII...

Major Keys: I VI V... I V vi iii IV I V

"Rock" Music Chord Progressions
04:46
Hit Songs!
00:37

Now that you have even more knowledge, do you want to edit/improve the Chord Progressions you wrote at the end of the last section?

STEP 2: EDIT YOUR PROGRESSION
01:50
+ Writing Your Vocal Melody
11 lectures 56:24

Let's talk about what a "hook" is.

What is a "Hook"?
01:15

Learn about the importance of the vocal melody and how to create a catchy one for your song. (5ths and octaves always work great to create a hook!!)  And... the vocal "EKG!"


Preview 05:09

New to scales on the Guitar?  Here are very specific details on how to play Major and Minor Scales in any Key on the Guitar.

GUITAR SCALES: Extra Help For Beginners!
07:23

Let's talk about Major scales on Piano & Guitar and how you can use them to create vocal lines with a hook!  We'll also introduce the "moveable" 2 octave scale pattern for guitar.

Using Scales to Write Melodies (Major)
08:31

Let's talk about Minor scales on Piano & Guitar and how you can use them to create vocal lines with a hook!  We'll also introduce the "moveable" 2 octave scale pattern for guitar.

Using Scales to Write Melodies (Minor)
06:20

Let's talk about "cadence" (rhythmic flow) in your vocal melodies.  This will make them so much more interesting!  

The Rhythm of Your Melody
03:22

Time to learn some cool, and different ways to move through your scales.

Melodic Movement
05:34

Guitar-specific explanations on how to play those Threes, Fours, and Thirds you just learned in the previous lesson - "Melodic Movement."

Melodic Movement (Extra for GUITAR)
05:04

If you transpose your Chord Progression to another Key, you'll have to Transpose the vocal melody along with it of course!

Transposing Your Melody
07:04

Now that you have an even better understanding of how scales work, it's time to use them to write some cool Vocal Melodies for the Verse and Chorus of your song.

STEP 3: WRITE YOUR VOCAL MELODY!
06:00

One more quick tip on writing a Hook for your melody!

Home is Where The Hook Is!
00:42
+ Writing Memorable Lyrics
9 lectures 22:55

Call me cheesy, but there is only ONE you!!

Preview 02:01

Here are some tips on coming up with a unique and memorable title for your song.

Writing Your Song Title
02:38

Sure, we all know that singing can be scary, but so can writing a song.  Let's talk about how to put down on paper what you really feel, without mental blocks.

Facing Your Fears
02:04

In this lesson we'll talk about several different, cool ways that you can rhyme your lyrics.

Rhyming Schemes
02:37

Let's talk about the definition of this word and how important it is to you as an artist/musician/songwriter.

What is Trite?
01:18

Let's talk about how to use these concepts to get attention, and when to be careful with them.

Vulgarity, Grammar and Slang
01:33

Two of the most helpful and popular tricks used in all types of writing, to help make your lyrics sound more poetic.

Preview 01:50

You'll love these.  They will help immensely you when you get writers block or feel uninspired!

10 Awesome Lyric Writing Tips!
05:54

Now that you have a Chord Progression, AND a simple Melody written for both your Verse and your Chorus, it's time to write Lyrics for those melodies!  You only need one Chorus (lyrically) because that'll repeat, but you'll need more lyrics for your Verses.  Each verse tend to be different lyrically.  P.S. The lyrics may change the cadence of the melody!

STEP 4: WRITE YOUR LYRICS!
03:00
+ Song Structure
4 lectures 21:01

In this lesson you'll learn what a Verse, Chorus, Bridge, etc... is and how to use them in your songs.

The Parts of Your Song
09:06

Here are four basic song structures that you can use to put your whole song together. But don't be afraid to experiment!!

Four Basic Song Structures
03:21

It's time to finish your song!  Since you've written your Verses and the Chorus it's time to choose a structure for the entire song!

STEP 5: FINISH YOUR SONG!
06:34

Here's my finished song for you, so you can check it out!  I've included the lyrics as well.

My Finished Song
02:00
+ Putting It All Together
7 lectures 16:13

If you listen closely enough, the song will tell you what it wants to be.

Hearing The Song Before It's Written
02:15

More cool stuff to think about when writing a chord progression!

Chord Progression Tips!
01:58

Choosing the right Key, Tempo, Time Signature, and Feel for your song

More Choices To Make!
04:21

In this Lecture let's talk about the importance of editing.  I first learned this trick as a kid, at an ice cream shop! 

LESS Is More
02:07

This is so important!  You could lose some very cool song ideas that just happen off the cuff, if you don't record the writing process itself!

Record The Writing PROCESS!
02:19

Analyze your favorite tunes with all of your new knowledge!  There's no better way to learn how great songs are constructed. AND... be eclectic. This is one of my favorite words. It means to select from (or be influenced by) a variety of different styles.

Study Your Favorites
01:34

Now that you've learned even more songwriting tips, see if you can make your song even better!!  Then it's time to write another one... then another one.  THAT'S how you get good.  :)  And find YOUR own process!

THE NEXT STEP: WRITE ANOTHER SONG!
01:39