Songwriting for Complete Beginners
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Songwriting for Complete Beginners

Start Making your own Music Today
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772 students enrolled
Created by Mikael Baggström
Last updated 5/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn and understand the Fundamentals and Ingredients of Music
  • Learn what Tools you need to get Started with Songwriting
  • Start Making your own Songs with all essential elements: Rhythm, Harmony and Melody
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Requirements
  • You should have a Genuine Interest to Learn how to Make your own Music
  • You should have a Computer or Tablet to use for Songwriting
Description

Is this Course for You?
Have you ever thought about learning how to make your own music, but don't really know how to start. Then this course is perfect for you.

What will You Learn?
In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of music, so that you can get started with making music yourself. Learn all the ingredients of music, the tools you need to get started, and get actionable tips on how to practice what you learn, and then create your own music.

Anyone can Make Music
Music is not rocket science. It is art, and it comes from your heart and soul. I truly believe Everyone can make music. Why? Because Music is really just a mix of Rhythm, Melody and Harmony. It really is that easy, so you can do it to! =)

Start Making your own Music Today
Are you ready to learn how you can make your own music, without having any prior knowledge? Just click the enroll button, and I am waiting for you in the next video. Soon you will be able to Make your own Music and Songs.

Friendly regards,
Mikael "Mike" Baggström
Music Composer | Sound Designer

Who is the target audience?
  • This Course is for Creative People who want to Learn how to Make Music
  • This Course is for Curious People with no prior knowledge of Music/Songwriting
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
02:03:57
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Starting out with Songwriting
7 Lectures 32:49

In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of music, so that you can get started with making music yourself. Learn all the ingredients of music, the tools you need to get started, and get actionable tips on how to  practice what you learn, and then create your own music.

Preview 02:05

What is music? A question that has as many answers that there are people in the world. Let's check out these real answers I have got from asking that question to several people: Music is the language of the soul. Music is painted time. Music is language's sister. Think about this for a moment. What is music to you?

Preview 03:05

In this video I'm going to share my top tips for Making Music faster, easier and more fun. I really encourage you to take these tips to heart if you are going to be serious with your music making.

Preview 07:52

Now, what tools do you need to start with songwriting and to make your own music? Well, to be honest, you can start with a really basic setup, and in this video you will learn a super simple setup for songwriting.

Simple Songwriting Setup
01:57

Let me show you a song that I have already created using the garage band app on my iPad. I will guide you through all the parts of the track step-by-step. This song is only eight Bars long, but it includes all The main elements of music which are: rhythm, harmony and Melody. If I wanted to I could add sections to extend this track and make a complete song.

Example Song in Garageband
09:50

There are so many choices for music making apps today, both for your mobile devices and your computer. But I want to get you started right away with making music after you have taken this class. The easiest thing to start with are music making apps for your Smartphone or Tablet.

Music Making Apps for your Smartphone or Tablet
04:24

If you are new to making music, I suggest that you first start out with a mobile music making app like for example the Garageband App. But if you want to dive a bit deeper and get more control, there are a lot of choices for software to make music with on your computer. In the professional music making world, the software you use for making music with on your computer is called "DAW". This is just a term for this kind of software. It stands for: "Digital Audio Workstation", and while that might sound like a technical and scary thing, it is simply a program to record and produce music with.

Music Making Software for Your Computer
03:36
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How to Make Music and Learn Songwriting
9 Lectures 58:36

So what is rhythm? I would define rhythm as: "A mix of sounds and silence in a deliberately structured way and tempo". It is very important for you to master rhythm first, since it is the very core of music. Rhythm is not only important for drums and percussion. Rhythm is present in melodies, chords and harmonies. In this video you will learn about Measures (Bars) and Time Signatures.

Rhythm - Measures (Bars) and Time Signatures
05:23

So now you know what a bar, or measure, of music is. It's the segments music is divided into. You also know about time signatures, which are used to indicate how you count every bar in your song. Next, you need to learn all the rhythmic note values.

Rhythm - Note Values
06:03

To create a rhythm, you also need to set a tempo. You can think about the tempo as the pulse of your music. Almost like the pulse of your heart rate. When you are calm and relaxed you have a lower pulse. And when you exercise or dance, you have a higher pulse. It is the same with rhythm in music.

Tempo
03:23

Music is basically a mix of two things. Rhythm and Pitch. All instruments and sounds in music have some kind of rhythm, and some of them also have pitch. So what is pitch? Pitch is a specific frequency of sound. In music we call these pitches "notes".

Music Notes on Piano/Keyboard
06:52

So there are 12 notes in the musical alphabet. Now it's time for you to learn about scales. We will not go through every scale in this video, because learning them all will take some time and practice. But you are going to learn the essential rules of how scales work and why you use them.

Musical Scales
08:13

Now you are going to learn about chords, which is the harmonic structure of music. There are 3 main elements you need to learn here. Melody, Harmony and Chords. Basically, a melody consists of a series of notes played one at a time, like when you sing. Harmony is two notes played at the same time. And chords are essentially stacks of harmonies played together.

Chords
11:48

Now it is time for you to learn about chord progressions. So what is a chord progression? Well, it is simply a sequence of chords. Here's an example. Let's say you have 3 different chords in your song. C Major, F Major and G Major. One possible chord progression could be like this: C, F, G, G, F, G, C.

Chord Progressions
07:32

Melody. It is the very voice of music. The melody is what you remember, what moves you, and what leads you through a song. And just like rhythm, melody comes very easy to us. We can hum a melody, whistle it, and even sing it.

Melody
05:59

So what is song structure? Basically, a song or track is divided into different parts. What parts you choose to include is up to you, but common parts in song structure are: intro, verse, chorus, bridge, and outro section. 

Song Structure
03:23

Test Your Knowledge
8 questions
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Final Section + Bonuses
5 Lectures 32:34

In this video I will do a Live Demonstration of creating and recording a rhythm for a song using a simple drum kit.

Live Demo 1 - Rhythm
07:18

In this video I will do a Live Demonstration of creating and recording a chord progression for a song using a virtual instrument inside the Garageband App.

Live Demo 2 - Harmony
09:08

In this video I will do a Live Demonstration of creating and recording a melody for a song using a virtual instrument inside the Garageband App.

Live Demo 3 - Melody
06:10

In this video you will learn the basics of how you get started with music production more seriously, by building your own Home Music Studio with the 7 essentials things I recommend.

Build your own Home Music Studio
09:34

Bonus Lecture: Congratulations + VIP Invite
00:24
About the Instructor
Mikael Baggström
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15,842 Students
16 Courses
Music Composer | Sound Designer

Hey Friends! =)
- My name is Mike, and I am a Professional Music Composer and Sound Designer from Sweden, with experience of Making Music since 1998.

My Qualifications
I have run my own Media Production Business since 2004, which means Music/Sound/Video/Graphic Production. I also have a True Passion to teach, share and inspire creative people like you to master your creative skills, develop a successful strategy, and create your amazing future.

My Style
I believe that learning should be fun, and I love to bring my personality into my teaching style. I also try to make my courses dynamic, to be more interesting to you. So I mix it up by changing lecture forms etc.