- The role of the verse in popular song…has changed greatly over the years.…In today's song, the verse is the rough equivalent…to the poetic stanza…serving a narrative story-telling function.…Traditionally though, the verse was the main component…of the strophic or verse-repeating songs…of the 19th century.…The first half of the 20th century…marked the shift in the function of the verse.…The music of the theater rose to prominence…a collection of songs known as The Great American Songbook.…Here the verse served the dramatic role…of being a transitional section.…
Leading us from dialogue and action and into the song.…In this style of music,…the verse functioned as more of an intro…and typically had a structure free of meter,…mimicking the rhythms of speech.…So here's an example of maybe how a verse would go…in a song from The Great American Songbook.…You'd have chords.…(chord music)…You'd have the singer singing…(chord music)…free of time…(chord music)…and then when the rhythm would start, the song would start.…(piano music)…
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
Songwriting Techniques with Chordswith Julian Velard2h Intermediate
Music Theory for Songwriters: Rhythmwith David Franz1h 35m 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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