Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals

Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals

Online Periodical or Article - 2015
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Music theory is fundamental to making and playing music. However, no one has taught it in such a user-friendly and songwriting-focused way as we do here, using both keyboard and guitar to demonstrate the techniques. Professional musician Julian Velard starts the course with the building blocks of harmony: notes, scales, intervals, chords, inversions, and basic chord progressions. He then goes into voice leading—showing how to move from one chord to another by changing just one or two notes—and reviews common song forms, from the familiar verse/chorus/verse of pop to the simple verse of the blues. At the end of each chapter, Julian explains the songwriting techniques shown in the chapter within the context of his own original commercially released songs.
Professional musician Julian Velard demonstrates the basics of music theory through the lens of songwriting. Learn about intervals, chord progressions, and voice leading, and using common song forms to organize your own musical ideas.
Publisher: Carpenteria, CA lynda.com, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
Additional Contributors: Lynda.com (Firm)

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