Songwriting is fun when you understand chords!
In this course we are going to go beyond the 6 chords and start understanding advanced songwriting technique.
When I say beyond the 6 chords, I don't mean 6 more chords. We are going to be studying tons and tons of chords in this course.
This goes way beyond the 1st course in this series.
We will go over multiple chord concepts with real examples showing how they are implemented. We will be breaking down songs and I'll be showing you how professional songwriters use advanced chord concepts.
You should take this course if you have an interest in how songs are created and if you're interested in songwriting.
I hope to see you on the inside!
Lecture on how to execute the "Circle Windup". Understanding resolution and the strongest way chords like to move.
Learn what slash chords are and how they are used. Understand the most common slash chords and how slash chord notation is written out.
Pedal point is used commonly in Classical and Jazz music. In this lecture, learn how pedal point is used in popular music.
Learn how to change chord qualities to create line cliches and other melodic effects.
Learn what secondary dominants are and how to write secondary dominant notation. By the end of this lecture you will understand how to read the following: V of ii, V of iii, V of IV, V of V, V of vi, V7 of ii, V7 of iii, V7 of IV, V7 of V, V7 of vi, V/ii, V/iii, V/IV, V/V, V/vi, V7/ii, V7/iii, V7/IV, V7/V, V7/vi.
Learn how songwriters use secondary dominants in their songs. Secondary dominant chord song examples include: Only One - Kanye West, Call Them Brothers - Regina Spektor, In My Life - The Beatles, I Get Around - The Beach Boys, Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul, and Mary.
Learn what the 3 types of diminished chords are and how they're constructed.
Learn how diminished chords are used in songwriting. Song examples used: I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys, Love On Top - Beyonce, Who Says - John Mayer.
Learn how the 7 modes ( Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian ) are constructed and what the difference is between all seven. Learn how modes range from dark to light.
Learn the 5 modes you can write complete songs in. See examples of songs and songwriters who write in a mode.
Learn how modal interchange (borrowed chord) works! Understand how to borrow chords from other modes effectively. Modal Interchange Handout attached.
Learn modal interchange with the ii (2 minor) chord.
Learn modal interchange with the IV (4 Major) chord.
Learn modal interchange with the V (Major five) chord
Learn the first common way to modal interchange with the iii (3 minor), vi (6 minor) and viio (7 diminished chord).
Learn how to make powerful song turnarounds with parallel chords. Learn how to build energy with each chord.
Learn how the bVII chord works and how to use it as a cadence or pre-cadence chord.
Quiz on song by Bob Dylan made more famous by Adele. Test your chord theory knowledge.
Quiz on this Carole King anthem. Test your songwriting theory knowledge.
Quiz on popular Ariana Grande song. Test your knowledge of chords.
Hi I'm Rob! A full-time musician and teacher 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.
I'm a Premium Udemy Instructor and have been teaching since 2015. Many of my courses are best selling courses and have been featured on Udemy. I have 20,000+ students and 1,500+ reviews, across 11 courses. I work with other teachers to help them achieve the same success.