Hit Songwriting: Learn to Write! Enjoy a Songwriting Career!
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Learn the songwriting techniques that hit songwriters use to create amazing songs that will produce a great livelihood!
4.0 (19 ratings)
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Created by Pippin Jag
Last updated 3/2017
English
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  • 94 Articles
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What Will I Learn?
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
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Requirements
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  • Basic knowledge of guitar or piano
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 February 28, 2017

Over 1000 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
Who 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!
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Curriculum For This Course
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Welcome
3 Lectures 01:46


Remember
00:05

Welcome
1 question
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Writing a Chorus
14 Lectures 17:49
Intro
00:51

Section 2 Objectives
00:22

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

It's the Chorus, Baby!
02:50

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

The Emotional Tone of the Key Color
00:44

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

Preview 01:20

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

Harmonic Phrasing
00:44

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

Make Your Chord Progression Stand Out
00:21

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

Harmonic Ideas for the Chorus - The One Chord Groove
00:27

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

Harmonic Ideas for the Chorus - Power Progressions
00:55

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

Harmonic Emphasis
03:05

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

Melodic Emphasis
01:20

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

Melodic Phrasing
01:37

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

Standard Chorus Types 1 and 2
01:57

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

Standard and Surprising Moves Inside the Chorus
01:14

Writing a Chorus
3 questions
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Common Verse Types
16 Lectures 33:41
Intro
00:47

Section 3 Objectives
00:16

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

Lyrics in the Verse
02:44

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

Harmonic Ideas
01:09

Learn the characteristics and how to produce great verse melodies!

Melodic Ideas
00:37

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

Phrasing
01:21

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

Counterpoint Types
01:15

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

Developing Verse Ideas into Verse Sections
00:31

Learn how to use varied repetition in your verses!

Varied Repetition
02:07

Learn how to contrast different ideas in the verse setting!

Contrasting Ideas
00:43

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

Contrasting the Verse and the Chorus
01:42

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

Harmonic Contrast
00:58

Learn the basics of melodic contrast in the verse!

Melodic Contrast
00:39

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

Contrasting the Relationship Between Melody and Harmony
01:46

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

Chorus as the Emotional High Point
15:20

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

Overall Verse/Chorus Form
01:44

Common Verse Types
3 questions
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Bridge in Verse Chorus Forms
10 Lectures 10:42
Intro
00:21

Section 4 Objectives
00:21

Learn what characteristics lyrics should have in the bridge!

Lyric Content
01:39

Lyric Writing Tip
00:14

Learn what variations are available when creating a bridge!

Creating Variations of Standard Types
02:01

Learn what types of chord progressions work best for bridges!

Harmonic Movement in the Moving Bridge
02:04

Notice the harmonic movement in the bridges of these examples!

Harmonic Movement in the Bridge: Examples
00:15

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

Contrasting Ideas
01:42

Learn how the bridge builds intensity!

Preview 01:04

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

Placing Sections
00:59

Bridge in Verse Chorus Forms
2 questions
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Standard Chorus Types
13 Lectures 10:11
Intro
00:07

Section 5 Objectives
00:16

Learn how to build sections lyrically in the chorus!

Building the Section Lyrically
01:15

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

Five More Standard Chorus Types
00:51

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

Contrasting Ideas: The - T - T and T - T - Chorus Types
00:33

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

Contrasting Ideas: The - T - T and T - T - Chorus Types: Examples
00:18

Learn how to build a section musically!

Building the Section Musically
00:16

Learn how to build the chorus section musically!

Review - Title Tools for Emphasis
00:46

Learn how to create harmonic and melodic contrast!

Harmonic/Melodic Contrast
01:09

Learn how to develop your ideas into a chorus!

Developing Ideas into a Chorus
00:58

Learn how to build a chorus with a cadence!

Building a Chorus with a Cadence
00:51

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

Contrasting Ideas: T - - T, - - - T, T - - - Chorus Types
01:59

Learn how to connect the chorus to the verse!

Connecting the Chorus to the Verse
00:50

Standard Chorus Types
2 questions
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Chorus - Variations of Standard Chorus Types
12 Lectures 12:01
Intro
00:35

Section 6 Objectives
00:11

Learn how to create variations of the standard chorus types!

Creating Variations of Standard Types
01:29

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

Add a Line
00:46

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

Varied Repetition - Surprising Emphasis
01:15

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

Subtract a Line
00:25

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

Replace a Line
01:36

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

Vary a Repeated Title
01:07

Learn how a surprising phrase length can surprise your audience!

Varying Phrase Lengths
00:48

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

Stack Standard Types for a Double Chorus
00:22

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

Combine Variation Tools
01:38

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

Chorus on the 12 Bar Blues
01:45

Chorus - Variations of Standard Chorus Types
3 questions
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Verse - Variations of Standard Types
13 Lectures 11:54
Intro
00:26

Section 7 Objectives
00:28

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

Build Intensity
01:07

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

Build Intensity: Examples
00:13

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

Ending on the V Chord
02:00

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

Varying the Rhyme Scheme and Changing the Phrase Length
01:18

Learn how to add more phrases to your verse!

Adding One or More Phrases
00:57

Learn how to connect your verse to the chorus!

Connecting the Verse to the Chorus
01:07

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

Verse on the 12 Bar Blues
01:20

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

Verse and Chorus on the Blues Form
00:26

Learn the tools for contrasting the verse and the chorus!

Contrasting Examples Using Verse and/or Chorus Variations
00:49

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

Blues Form Contrast
01:33

Remember Again
00:06

Verse - Variations of Standard Types
3 questions
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Modulation in the Verse/Chorus Form
8 Lectures 10:19
Intro
00:18

Section 8 Objectives
00:13

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

Preview 01:02

Learn how to modulate using a parallel key!

Parallel Key
00:43

These are examples of parallel key modulation!

Parallel Key: Examples
00:52

Learn how to modulate using relative key modulation!

Relative Key Modulation
02:57

Learn what surprising key modulation is!

Surprising Key
02:45

Learn the methods of modulating into and out of sections!

Modulation Into and Out of Sections
01:29

Modulation in the Verse/Chorus Form
3 questions
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The Verse/Pre Chorus/Chorus Song - Type 1
11 Lectures 10:39
Intro
00:18

Section 9 Objectives
00:26

Learn how to create a Type 1 Pre Chorus Song!

Writing Process
01:38

Learn the different types of choruses that occur with the Type 1 Pre Chorus Song!

Chorus Types
01:17

Learn what types of verse are commonly used with a Type 1 Pre Chorus Song!

Verse Types
00:46

Review the tools for contrast!

Review - Contrast
00:41

These are examples of songs that use the tools for contrast!

Review - Contrast: Examples
00:25

Learn how emphasis and emotional high point effect the Type 1 Pre Chorus Song!

Emphasis and Emotional High Point
00:51

These are examples of songs that use emphasis and that have an emotional hight point!

Emphasis and Emotional High Point: Examples
00:32

Learn the five things that are characteristic of a Type 1 Pre Chorus Song!

Type 1 Pre Chorus
00:33

Learn what surprising form is and how it is used! It's a surprise!

Surprising Form
03:11

The Verse/Pre Chorus/Chorus Song - Type 1
3 questions
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The Type 2 Verse/Pre Chorus/Chorus Song
10 Lectures 07:45
Intro
00:22

Section 10 Objectives
00:18

Learn what types of verses are commonly used in Type 2 Pre Chorus Songs!

Verse Types
00:46

These are examples of verses used in Type 2 Pre Chorus Songs!

Verse Types: Examples
00:35

Verse Types: More Examples
00:26

Learn the characteristics of the the pre chorus in a Type 2 Pre Chorus Song!

Type 2 Pre Chorus
01:02

Learn how intensity is used in Type 2 Pre Chorus Songs!

Intensity
00:54

Pre Chorus Tip
00:21

Learn what kinds of choruses are most common in Type 2 Pre Chorus Songs!

Chorus Types
01:10

Learn where the emotional high point is in Type 2 Pre Chorus Songs!

Emphasis and Emotional High Point
01:49

The Type 2 Verse/Pre Chorus/Chorus Song
3 questions
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About the Instructor
Pippin Jag
3.8 Average rating
38 Reviews
2,415 Students
4 Courses
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 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.