Learn how professional songwriters combine melody, harmony, and lyrics into hit songs! Don't put your songwriting career off any longer! Enroll Now! Course Updated February 28, 2017
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Develop the Songwriting Skills Needed to Produce Hits and to Make Money in the Music Industry.
Content and Overview
This songwriting course is unique, because in it, you'll learn the exact methods that professional songwriters use to create hit songs. Whether you're someone with budding skills or a mature songwriter, you'll understand how to express yourself better through words and music.
Combining technical principles with pure creative expression, this course will help you find your voice, create songs listeners will remember, and ultimately assist you in your efforts to make money as a songwriter!
First, you'll learn about one of the most common song forms in popular music - the verse/chorus song form. You'll learn what it is that makes a great chorus. The chorus is everything in songwriting!
Then we'll explore other popular song forms like the AABA form and forms that use pre choruses. You'll learn how to use structures, harmonies, and melodies to support and enhance the emotional intent of your lyric.
By the End of the Course You Will Be Able To:
Learn why a chorus is so important and how to make a great chorus!
Learn about the characteristics of the most common key colors used in contemporary music!
Learn how to create an effective groove that captivates your audience!
Learn the different types of harmonic phrasing and how to use them to create an amazing chorus!
Learn how to make your chord progression stand out and stick in the listeners mind!
Learn one of the most effective ways to develop a chorus harmonically!
Learn another one of the most effective ways to develop a chorus harmonically!
Learn how to emphasize the chorus and make it stand out from the rest of your song!
Learn more ways to emphasize the chorus and make it stand out from the rest of your song!
Learn how to use melodic phrasing in the creation of a chorus!
Learn how to create the most basic chorus types! I call them Type 1 and Type 2.
In contemporary songwriting, there are standard moves and surprising moves. Learn how to do both in the chorus!
Learn how to create lyrics that sound like they should be in a verse!
Learn how to create and develop the most effective harmonic ideas in verses!
Learn the characteristics and how to produce great verse melodies!
Learn how to create amazing verses by using different types of phrasing!
Learn about counterpoint and how it is used in the verse scenario!
Learn how to take your ideas and make them into compelling verse sections!
Learn how to use varied repetition in your verses!
Learn how to contrast different ideas in the verse setting!
Learn the most powerful ways to provide contrast between the verse and chorus!
Learn how to use harmonic contrast in the verse! Learn why it's so important!
Learn the basics of melodic contrast in the verse!
Learn the most effective ways to contrast the melody/harmony relationship!
Learn how to make the chorus the emotional high point of the song!
Learn to understand the verse/chorus song form and how important it is!
Learn what characteristics lyrics should have in the bridge!
Learn what variations are available when creating a bridge!
Learn what types of chord progressions work best for bridges!
Notice the harmonic movement in the bridges of these examples!
Learn how to contrast the bridge with the verse and the chorus!
Learn where to place a bridge in the verse chorus song form!
Learn how to build sections lyrically in the chorus!
Learn five new standard chorus types to go along with the two that you've already learned!
Learn about the - T - T and T - T - Chorus types and why they are so effective.
Check out these examples of the - T - T and T - T - Chorus Types!
Learn how to build a section musically!
Learn how to build the chorus section musically!
Learn how to create harmonic and melodic contrast!
Learn how to develop your ideas into a chorus!
Learn how to build a chorus with a cadence!
Learn about the T - - T, - - - T, and T - - - Chorus Types!
Learn how to connect the chorus to the verse!
Learn how to create variations of the standard chorus types!
Learn how to surprise your audience by adding a line to any of the four-line standard chorus types!
Learn how to put emphasis on the title in your chorus by using varied repetition!
Learn how to surprise your audience by subtracting a line from any of the four-line standard chorus types!
Learn how to create an effective chorus by replacing a title line with something else!
Learn how it can be very effective to vary a repeated title to surprise your audience!
Learn how a surprising phrase length can surprise your audience!
Learn how to stack standard types to create variations of the standard chorus types!
Learn how to combine the variation tools to create effective choruses!
Learn how to create a chorus based on the 12 Bar Blues!
Learn how to build intensity going from the verse into the chorus!
Here are some examples of verses that build intensity going into the chorus!
Learn why it's effective to end certain sections on the V chord!
Learn how to vary the rhyme scheme and vary the phrase length in the verse!
Learn how to add more phrases to your verse!
Learn how to connect your verse to the chorus!
Learn how to create a verse based on the 12 Bar Blues!
Learn how to create verses and choruses based on the 12 Bar Blues!
Learn the tools for contrasting the verse and the chorus!
Learn how to use the tools for contrasting the verse and the chorus in the Blues form!
Learn the three most common types of modulation in contemporary music!
Learn how to modulate using a parallel key!
These are examples of parallel key modulation!
Learn how to modulate using relative key modulation!
Learn what surprising key modulation is!
Learn the methods of modulating into and out of sections!
Learn how to create a Type 1 Pre Chorus Song!
Learn the different types of choruses that occur with the Type 1 Pre Chorus Song!
Learn what types of verse are commonly used with a Type 1 Pre Chorus Song!
Review the tools for contrast!
These are examples of songs that use the tools for contrast!
Learn how emphasis and emotional high point effect the Type 1 Pre Chorus Song!
These are examples of songs that use emphasis and that have an emotional hight point!
Learn the five things that are characteristic of a Type 1 Pre Chorus Song!
Learn what surprising form is and how it is used! It's a surprise!
Learn what types of verses are commonly used in Type 2 Pre Chorus Songs!
These are examples of verses used in Type 2 Pre Chorus Songs!
Learn the characteristics of the the pre chorus in a Type 2 Pre Chorus Song!
Learn how intensity is used in Type 2 Pre Chorus Songs!
Learn what kinds of choruses are most common in Type 2 Pre Chorus Songs!
Learn where the emotional high point is in Type 2 Pre Chorus Songs!
Pippin Jag is obsessed with songwriting and guitar! He is a Berklee alum (Writing and Producing) who has been songwriting for over 20 years. He lives in Los Angeles and has worked with some of the world's most successful celebrities and recording artists.
When he's not with his guitar or at his piano, Pippin is usually surfing, playing soccer, or eating with his wife and six children. Yes, six children (it's not a misprint)! Four boys and two girls.
Since 2008, he has been a full-time songwriter, and currently is a staff writer at MRS publishing. He is affiliated with ASCAP.