Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video The intro song form element, part of Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals.
- The intro is the first thing that happens in a song.…It generally contains just music and no words.…Its role is to set the mood…and build suspense for the verse,…which is often the next component.…It typically sets up the harmonic language…and rhythms of the song,…and is between four and 16 bars.…Great intros can define a song as much as any other part.…Think of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back,"…or the Beatles' "Come Together."…The opening basslines of both tracks…are instantly identifiable.…Sometimes intros can be a suite unto themselves.…
A nice example of this is the opening bars…of Smokey Robinson's "Tears of a Clown."…It's a mini-orchestral suite featuring bassoon…that was actually written by Stevie Wonder.…
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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