Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Authentic cadences, part of Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals.
- A cadence is the most fundamental…of all chord progressions.…Its purpose is to create a sense of resolution,…a finality, or at least the pause.…They are typically found at the end of a phrase or song…to create a sense of closure.…The harmonic motion of the cadence…is so ingrained in our ears that it lends a gravity…or truth to a musical phrase.…Cadences are essential tools for songwriters.…I like to think of a cadence as a musical…terminal punctuation mark like a period.…
And just how we end a written sentence with a period,…we end a musical phrase with a cadence.…And like how the way we read a sentence…is altered by our choice of a period,…question mark, or exclamation point,…a cadence shades the musical phrase the precedes it.…Cadences can be used to ask musical questions…or even surprise us.…Or the lack of a cadence can leave us…with a sense of unresolved tension.…There are four commonly recognized…types of cadences in music;…authentic, plagal, half, and deceptive.…
Let's focus on the authentic cadence.…The authentic cadence is far and away…
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.
- Understanding scales, intervals, and keys
- Triads or three-note chords
- Triad inversions
- Common major-scale chord progressions and cadences
- Voice leading
- Song form elements such as verse, chorus, bridge, hook, and more
- Using common song forms in songwriting
Skill Level Beginner
1. The Building Blocks of Harmony
2. Triads and Chord Progressions
3. Chord Progressions and Voice Leading
4. Song Forms
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