Song-Writing

A category of blogs discussing lyric writing, song writing tricks and techniques, line cliches, song forms and structure, verse and chorus melodies, pedal point, and so much more song writing.

10 Riffs Every Guitar Player Should Know

Riffs Every Guitar Player Should Know Smoke On The Water (Deep Purple) Most guitar players play the “Smoke On The Water” riff with a pick. Interestingly enough: Ritchie Blackmore actually fingerpicked this. The mutes are created by hitting your (finger)picking hand down on the strings. Whole Lotta Rosie (ACDC) Most guitar players play this riff
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Voice Leading Triads

The Study of Voice Leading This is an important chapter. This study combines elements of the fields of arranging and composition, all applied on the guitar neck. Another word for “chord” often used is “voicing”. Both these terms mean the same thing. A “voicing” is a grouping of different “voices” (notes) played together. Consider the
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Chords In Songwriting and Composition.

Chords In Songwriting and Composition. I, IV, V The 1st, 4th and 5th chord in a scale are the main chords that serve as a frame work to which any chord progression in any song can be reduced to. Look at any song or composition: and you will see that the most common chords in
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Musical Cadences

Cadences A cadence is a series of at least 2 chords that signals the end of a phrase, a song section, or the end of a musical composition. Cadences create a sense of resolution, finality or a pause. When a cadence creates a strong sense of finality, it is called a strong cadence. When a
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Hybrid Chords as Passing Chords in Rock Music.

Hybrid Chords as Passing Chords in Rock Music. Hybrid chords are chords that are written as “letter / letter”. The first letter is the chord, the 2nd letter is a bass note. As an example: C/D is a C chord with a D bass note underneath the C chord. Many guitar players, when they see
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