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1. Chords: tonic, subdominant, dominant.
Chord Patterns: Diatonic Chords
we explained what diatonic chords are. Want to learn more about the different effects of the different diatonic chords?
2. Arranging for instruments.
Once you have chords and a melody, how do you create a multi-instrument arrangement (bass, drums, keyboards, etc.)?
3. Melody notes.
Add a Melody: First Steps
showed how to find
. Want more tips on choosing melody notes?
"Jazz up" a melody rhythm to sound like modern pop/rock/jazz instead of older folk/classical styles.
5. Choosing a key.
Any key you like is fine of course, but for comparison, how about a chart showing the keys of a bunch of hit songs?
6. Choosing a tempo.
Any tempo you like is fine of course, but for comparison, how about a chart showing the tempos of a bunch of hit songs?
7. Melody, beyond a phrase.
showed how to create a melody phrase. Want tips on expanding a melody beyond one phrase?
8. Chords, beyond a verse and chorus.
Chord Patterns: Phrases and Repetition
showed how to create the chords for a chorus and verse. Want tips on extending a chorus and verse into a whole song?
9. Chord phrases in more songs.
Phrases and Repetition
showed chord phrase ideas from
Like A Rolling Stone
. Want to see chord phrase ideas from more songs?
10. The tonic chord, beyond the hook.
Chord Patterns: Home and Away
we showed how the tonic chord was used in a "hook" section, but how is it used in other sections?
11. The tonic chord in more songs.
Home and Away
we showed the tonic chord in a couple of songs. How about showing how the tonic chord is used in some more songs?
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