Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video The circle of fourths and fifths, part of Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals.
- Thus far, we've only looked at the key of C…for the purpose of comprehending intervals,…and for the ease in which it lays on the piano keyboard.…We've learned the C major scale,…but there are 11 other major scales, one starting…on each of the other 11 tones within the octave.…These major scales are constructed…using the same formula as the C major scale.…Let's try treating a note other than C…as the tonic of a major scale.…Let's take G.…If we start on G,…(note plays)…and play only the white notes up the octave,…we find it doesn't sound quite the same…as the C major scale.…
(scale plays)…This is because when we start on G, the relationships…between the notes on the keyboard have changed,…and do not resemble the formula of the major scale.…This new set of relatinships when we start on G,…and play all the white notes up the octave,…is as follows:…G to A is a whole step,…A to B, a whole step,…B to C, a half step,…C to D, a whole step,…D to E, a whole step,…E to F, a half step,…and F to G, a whole step.…
The last two relationships here…
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
Music Theory for Songwriters: Rhythmwith David Franz1h 35m Beginner
Songwriting Techniques with Chordswith Julian Velard2h Intermediate
1. The Building Blocks of Harmony
2. Triads and Chord Progressions
3. Chord Progressions and Voice Leading
4. Song Forms
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