Hit Songwriting: Learn to Write! Enjoy a Songwriting Career!

Learn the songwriting techniques that hit songwriters use to create amazing songs that will produce a great livelihood!
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  • Length 3 hours
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

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 October 4, 2016

Over 800 students enrolled!

Develop the Songwriting Skills Needed to Produce Hits and to Make Money in the Music Industry.

  • Learn to create memorable verses, choruses, and bridges
  • Learn to generate better ideas more quickly
  • Learn to craft song sections that connect, contrast, and flow together
  • Understand the structures behind the hits


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:

  • write commercial songs that are more qualified to produce income
  • create memorable verses, prechoruses, choruses, and bridges
  • choose the most effective song form for every song you write
  • understand the structures behind the hits
  • generate better ideas more easily
  • use structures, harmonies, and melodies to support and enhance the emotional intent of your lyric
  • craft song sections that connect, contrast, and flow together into a unified whole

What are the requirements?

  • Desire
  • Basic knowledge of guitar or piano

What am I going to get from this course?

  • A knowledge of the tools that will allow you to make money as a songwriter
  • An understanding of the techniques professional songwriters use
  • An understanding of what song forms are used in popular music
  • Increased ability to effectively communicate with words and music
  • Suitable for beginners as well as advanced songwriters
  • Visual teaching - offering increased retention and accelerated learning

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for beginners as well as experienced songwriters.
  • Like I said before, don't put your songwriting career off any longer. Enroll Now!

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome
Intro
Preview
01:24
Overview of Course
Preview
Article
Please Take Note
00:19
Remember
00:05
Welcome
1 question
Section 2: Writing a Chorus
Intro
00:51
02:50

Learn why a chorus is so important and how to make a great chorus!

Article

Learn about the characteristics of the most common key colors used in contemporary music!

01:20

Learn how to create an effective groove that captivates your audience!

00:44

Learn the different types of harmonic phrasing and how to use them to create an amazing chorus!

Article

Learn how to make your chord progression stand out and stick in the listeners mind!

Article

Learn one of the most effective ways to develop a chorus harmonically!

Article

Learn another one of the most effective ways to develop a chorus harmonically!

Article

Learn how to emphasize the chorus and make it stand out from the rest of your song!

Article

Learn more ways to emphasize the chorus and make it stand out from the rest of your song!

01:37

Learn how to use melodic phrasing in the creation of a chorus!

Article

Learn how to create the most basic chorus types! I call them Type 1 and Type 2.

01:14

In contemporary songwriting, there are standard moves and surprising moves. Learn how to do both in the chorus!

Writing a Chorus
3 questions
Section 3: Common Verse Types
Intro
00:47
Article

Learn how to create lyrics that sound like they should be in a verse!

01:09

Learn how to create and develop the most effective harmonic ideas in verses!

Article

Learn the characteristics and how to produce great verse melodies!

Article

Learn how to create amazing verses by using different types of phrasing!

01:15

Learn about counterpoint and how it is used in the verse scenario!

00:31

Learn how to take your ideas and make them into compelling verse sections!

Article

Learn how to use varied repetition in your verses!

Article

Learn how to contrast different ideas in the verse setting!

01:42

Learn the most powerful ways to provide contrast between the verse and chorus!

Article

Learn how to use harmonic contrast in the verse! Learn why it's so important!

00:39

Learn the basics of melodic contrast in the verse!

01:46

Learn the most effective ways to contrast the melody/harmony relationship!

15:20

Learn how to make the chorus the emotional high point of the song!

01:44

Learn to understand the verse/chorus song form and how important it is!

Common Verse Types
3 questions
Section 4: Bridge in Verse Chorus Forms
Intro
00:21
Article

Learn what characteristics lyrics should have in the bridge!

Lyric Writing Tip
Article
Article

Learn what variations are available when creating a bridge!

02:04

Learn what types of chord progressions work best for bridges!

Article

Notice the harmonic movement in the bridges of these examples!

01:42

Learn how to contrast the bridge with the verse and the chorus!

Article

Learn how the bridge builds intensity!

Article

Learn where to place a bridge in the verse chorus song form!

Bridge in Verse Chorus Forms
2 questions
Section 5: Standard Chorus Types
Intro
00:07
01:15

Learn how to build sections lyrically in the chorus!

Article

Learn five new standard chorus types to go along with the two that you've already learned!

00:33

Learn about the - T - T and T - T - Chorus types and why they are so effective.

Article

Check out these examples of the - T - T and T - T - Chorus Types!

Article

Learn how to build a section musically!

Article

Learn how to build the chorus section musically!

01:09

Learn how to create harmonic and melodic contrast!

00:58

Learn how to develop your ideas into a chorus!

Article

Learn how to build a chorus with a cadence!

Article

Learn about the T - - T, - - - T, and T - - - Chorus Types!

Article

Learn how to connect the chorus to the verse!

Standard Chorus Types
2 questions
Section 6: Chorus - Variations of Standard Chorus Types
Intro
00:35
01:29

Learn how to create variations of the standard chorus types!

Article

Learn how to surprise your audience by adding a line to any of the four-line standard chorus types!

Article

Learn how to put emphasis on the title in your chorus by using varied repetition!

Article

Learn how to surprise your audience by subtracting a line from any of the four-line standard chorus types!

Article

Learn how to create an effective chorus by replacing a title line with something else!

Article

Learn how it can be very effective to vary a repeated title to surprise your audience!

Article

Learn how a surprising phrase length can surprise your audience!

Article

Learn how to stack standard types to create variations of the standard chorus types!

Article

Learn how to combine the variation tools to create effective choruses!

Article

Learn how to create a chorus based on the 12 Bar Blues!

Chorus - Variations of Standard Chorus Types
3 questions
Section 7: Verse - Variations of Standard Types
Intro
00:26
01:07

Learn how to build intensity going from the verse into the chorus!

Article

Here are some examples of verses that build intensity going into the chorus!

Article

Learn why it's effective to end certain sections on the V chord!

Article

Learn how to vary the rhyme scheme and vary the phrase length in the verse!

Article

Learn how to add more phrases to your verse!

Article

Learn how to connect your verse to the chorus!

Article

Learn how to create a verse based on the 12 Bar Blues!

Article

Learn how to create verses and choruses based on the 12 Bar Blues!

Article

Learn the tools for contrasting the verse and the chorus!

Article

Learn how to use the tools for contrasting the verse and the chorus in the Blues form!

Remember Again
00:06
Verse - Variations of Standard Types
3 questions
Section 8: Modulation in the Verse/Chorus Form
Intro
00:18
01:02

Learn the three most common types of modulation in contemporary music!

00:43

Learn how to modulate using a parallel key!

Article

These are examples of parallel key modulation!

Article

Learn how to modulate using relative key modulation!

Article

Learn what surprising key modulation is!

Article

Learn the methods of modulating into and out of sections!

Modulation in the Verse/Chorus Form
3 questions
Section 9: The Verse/Pre Chorus/Chorus Song - Type 1

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Instructor Biography

Pippin Jag, Instructor, Songwriter, Guitarist, Producer in Los Angeles

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 been the "Ghost Writer" on many of the number one songs of various 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.

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