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Writing Songs in Modes

Writing Songs in Modes First off, if you need to brush up on your modes, you can do so here: The Modes Explained Through the years, many students and musician friends have asked me how to write songs in different modes. While it’s good to know the scale structure of each mode, a good start
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Modal Interchange Chords in Major

Beef Up Your Chord Progressions With Modal Interchange Chords “Modal Interchange” is a harmonic technique in which you borrow chords from parallel scales. This allows you to add new harmonic colors in addition to the 7 chords of the key you are writing in. Parallel scales are scales that start on the same root. Examples:
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Fun With Secondary Dominants

The Theory of Secondary Dominants The 5th chord in a scale always wants to resolve to the first chord in a scale. For example: ||: C | Am | Dm | G7 :|| C || 7th chords (as in: “G7) are also called “dominant chords”. V7 in the scale is called “the dominant chord) because
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Writing Songs IS Easy!

Writing Songs IS Easy! There is this really cool scene in the movie “Sun City”, where Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney are writing a song together. At some point, during the writing session, Dave blurts out: “Man… I wish it was always that easy!” Paul looks at him, and responds:”… but it always is!” Paul’s
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Ostinato: Boost Your Songwriting Creativity

Ostinato: Boost Your Songwriting Creativity What is an “ostinato”? In classical music, an “ostinato” is a motif or phrase that keeps persistently repeating in the same voice throughout a composition or part of a composition. The plural of ostinato is ostinati. This Italian term means: “Stubborn” I like to make the distinction with contemporary music,
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