Song Science #1: How Pros Use 6 Chords to Write Hit Songs

Practical songwriting theory for songwriters. Break out of your songwriting habits and develop new chord progressions.
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

Songwriting can be a lot of fun when you understand how chords work.

Especially if you've been using the same chords over and over again and want to write something fresh!

In this course, I show you how professional songwriters put together chords when songwriting. There are certain rules they follow. Once you understand the rules you can choose to use or break them.

We'll use real life example to demonstrate how the 6 most used chords in popular music work and work together.

Every lecture builds on the next lecture and is easy to follow. By the end you should be able to take a song concept, and start building chord progressions that make sense.

I you love songwriting and you want to start writing songs outside of your comfort zone, this course is for you.

I hope to see you on the inside!


What are the requirements?

  • Have experience with an instrument to write songs on like piano or guitar

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create chord progressions that invoke emotion in the listener
  • Understand how to use melody and chords to create different emotions
  • See real examples of how professional songwriters use chords in hit songs

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who loves songwriting and wants to write songs outside their comfort zone

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Getting Up to Speed! (Skip if You Understand How the 12 Keys Work)

In this lecture we'll learn the concept of keys and see how each song can be played in 12 keys.


In this lecture we'll learn the 7 scale degrees in a Major Key


Learn how we use Roman Numerals in music and understand the 7 diatonic chords.

Section 2: Hanging Out With The Popular Chords

Home Sweet Home. Understand the concept and characteristics of the home chord.


Learn how to use cadence chords when building your own unique chord progressions.

IV and V Quiz
1 question

Learn when and how to use the vi chord when building your own chord progressions.


Create energy and surprise in your song with the vi chord.


How to make your chorus pop by strategically using the vi chord.


The most popular chord progression, it's minor twin, and the songs that use them.

vi Quiz
1 question
Section 3: Outsider Chords: Change Your Songwriting Up!

How to use the iii chord when building your chord progressions. Examples of songs that use the iii chord and how songwriters strategically use it.

iii Quiz
2 questions

How to use the ii chord when building your chord progressions. Examples of songs that use the iii chord and how songwriters strategically use it.

ii Quiz
1 question
Section 4: How Melody Effects Your Chord Choices and Paints Your Songs

Understanding the fundamental concept of strong and weak stresses and how that effects your songwriting.


Understanding the fundamental concept of stable and unstable notes and how that can color your song different ways. Gain control of the emotions your conveying in the song and learn to paint with unstable and stable notes.

Section 5: Conclusion
Thank you
Section 6: Bonus

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Instructor Biography

RW Studio, Music Instruction on Udemy

Hi I'm Rob! A full-time musician in New York City and Los Angeles. I'm passionate about music and education.

I'm a former music instructor with a Fender Grant winning non-profit. I also teach privately. My students range from signed recording artists and songwriters to working professionals who just love music.

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