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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 … Writing Songs in Modes
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: … Modal Interchange Chords in Major
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 … Fun With Secondary Dominants
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 … Writing Songs IS Easy!
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, … Ostinato: Boost Your Songwriting Creativity