Songwriting for Everyone
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Songwriting for Everyone

Learn how to write songs without needing to read or write music!
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Created by Joseph Lilore
Last updated 1/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 14 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Compose a song in any style or genre without needing to read or write music, and without needing to play an instrument.
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Requirements
  • No previous experience or preparation necessary, just the desire to write songs!
Description
This is a songwriting course for everyone, whether you're already a musician, or someone with no training at all but the desire to create music.

Think of composers such as Paul McCartney, who admits to no formal training in music. Or singers, who even at an early age can sing in perfect pitch. The ability to create music is in everyone. 

Have you ever seen Behind The Music or an interview with a famous composer or band on how they actually write their songs? They almost always play chords on a guitar or piano which generates melodies in their mind. 

In this course you will learn how melodies are generated in the mind as chords are played.  You will see how musical phrases are joined into sentences, and then combined  into sections, which  form songs. Throughout the course I use real world examples of contemporary hit songs such as Rihanna's "Stay" and Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself." I also discuss and demonstrate the application of basic songwriting techniques and song elements in classic rock songs from Led Zeppelin to Nirvana.

These sections - Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus and Bridge - are the main elements  of today's modern music. At the end of this course you will be able to compose as many songs as you wish, in any style or genre!

This is an interactive course, where I play chord progressions on the guitar as you sing melodies. By the end of this course you will have written your first song, and you will be able to compose as many songs as you wish, in any style - pop, jazz, rock, country, and more!

Who is the target audience?
  • ANYONE interested in songwriting, from total newcomers to experienced and even professional musicians.
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
01:19:28
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Section 1: Musical Phrases - the Foundation of all Musical Composition
4 Lectures 15:19

This is a course for anyone wishing to become a songwriter, whether you are a musician or have no training at all.

Have you ever seen Behind The Music or an interview with a famous composer or band on how they actually write their songs? They almost always play chords on a guitar or piano which generates melodies in their mind. This happens for everyone. If you don't play an instrument, no problem! You can use inexpensive software apps to program the chords and beat, creating the musical accompaniment and rhythm track for your song.

Think of composers such as Paul McCartney, who admit to no formal training in music. Or singers, who even at an early age can sing in perfect pitch.

The Ability to create music is in everyone.

This is an interactive course, where I play chord progressions on the guitar as you sing melodies. By the end of this course you will have written your first song, and you will be able to compose as many songs as you wish, in any style - pop, jazz, rock, country, and more!

Let's get started!

Preview 03:00

In this lesson you will learn about the construction of a musical phrase, and the relationship of the phrase to chords. 

Preview 04:56

In this lecture you will create two phrases using various techniques and connect them. 

Preview 02:46

In this lecture you will create three phrases through the use of repetition, variation, sequences, and the introduction of a totally different melody for the third phrase.

The Various Methods Utilized to Create Three Phrases
04:37
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Section 2: Connecting Musical Phrases Into Sections
3 Lectures 18:04

This lesson sums up the creation and development of the musical phrase, which will now be joined into a complete section in the form of a verse.

Review of Musical Phrases and Chord Progressions
03:14

In this lecture we review what we've learned about the creation of the musical phrase, and discuss its evolution into the verse of the song. We also look at chord progressions and their use in songwriting.

In this lecture you will learn about the creation of a verse using the musical phrases you've developed.

The Creation of the Verse and Its Importance In the Development of the Song
10:42

More practice with verse development, including the addition of a musical introduction.

Continuation of the Verse Development and Ideas on Construction
04:08
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Section 3: Completing the Main Body of Your Song
4 Lectures 17:37

The introduction of the pre-chorus, its role in the ongoing development of the song, and introduction of a new chord, plus further explanation of chord progressions. 

The Pre-Chorus
05:39

In this lecture you will learn how to create your own chord progressions, based on an understanding of key construction.

Chords and Keys
03:55

In this lecture you learn about the use of chords in the chorus, the main part of the song. 

The Role of the Chorus as the Main Body of the Song
05:37

This lecture serves as a review of all material covered up to this point. At this point you have learned the basic elements of song construction and section development. In the next section we will learn how to join these into the main body of the song.

In this lecture we cover the combining of the intro, verse, pre-chorus and chorus.

Review: Intro, Verse, Pre-Chorus and Chorus
02:26
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Section 4: Other Sections (Bridge, More)
5 Lectures 28:28

 Now that we've assembled the elements of the song (intro,verse, pre-chorus, and chorus), we will now repeat these sections, completing the main body of your song. 

The Importance and Function of Repetition in All Music
06:31

In this lecture you will learn about the role of the bridge in modern song construction, using Stay by Rihanna as an example. We also discuss the concept of song architecture and the hierarchy of sections.

The Bridge: a Brand New Section Used in Many Modern Songs
04:17

A review of everything that we've done up until this point.

Review
04:16

In this lecture we will put it all together, combining the elements you've created into a complete song.

The Completed Song
05:42

In this lecture, I share some final thoughts on songwriting and composing, using references to modern songwriters and songs including Ed Sheeran, Adele, Sia, the Beatles, Nirvana, Stevie Wonder, Eric Church, and Steven Tyler.

Summing Up - Final Thoughts on Songwriting
07:42
About the Instructor
Joseph Lilore
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Music Instructor, Arranger, Composer and Author

Joseph R. Lilore is an arranger, composer and author with over 25 published books. He has taught music at all levels and across musical genres. 

In his chord book "Guitar Chords for the 21st Century," he presents 1,848 alternative C chords, for a total of 22,176 new chords in all.

In addition to teaching and writing, he is a composer who has composed six pieces for guitar and various ensembles, as well as five pieces for violin and classical guitar.  

In this course he brings his depth of music knowledge and his teaching background to create easy-to-follow, accessible lessons.