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Complete Beginner's Guide to Songwriting

Chris Murrin, Fingerpicking Guitar Lessons

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24 Lessons (1h 14m)
    • 1. Complete Beginners Guide to Songwriting

    • 2. Intro

    • 3. It ALL Starts with the Major Scale

    • 4. How Do We Build Chords?

    • 5. All The Chords in C Major

    • 6. Let's Start Writing!

    • 7. C Major's Biggest Hits

    • 8. G Major Scale

    • 9. G Major Harmonised

    • 10. G Major Progressions

    • 11. G Major Famous Songs

    • 12. D Major Scale

    • 13. D Major Scale Harmonised

    • 14. D Major Scale Progressions

    • 15. D Major Famous Songs

    • 16. A Minor Scale

    • 17. A Minor Scale harmonised

    • 18. A Minor Progressions

    • 19. A Minor Famous Songs

    • 20. 7th Chords

    • 21. 7th Chords Progressions

    • 22. Sus Chords

    • 23. Slash Chords

    • 24. Add9th Chords/Final Thoughts

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About This Class

In this 1h15m course, Chris shows you how you can write great sounding songs with just a tiny amount of music theory. You'll learn what chords go well together and how to write progressions like the pros in both major and minor keys. To help with creating your own songs the course uses many examples of famous tunes that have used this exact same approach. Stop fumbling around and hoping to find the right chords with trial and error, and learn exactly which ones work together!

By the end of the course you will have a great understanding of chord harmony and you'll be able to write the songs you've always wanted to compose.

Sign up now and become the writer you've always wanted to be.


1. Complete Beginners Guide to Songwriting: I hope you doing good. I'm Chris. Welcome to my complete Beginners Guide to some writing guitar course. In this course, I'm gonna show you how you can go from knowing absolutely nothing about some writing to be inevitable. A great song in no time, it'll I'm talking within 10 minutes or so, By the end of this course, you will know how to write a really good song that's got an intro verse A great course, Middle eight and unending that that's what this course covers. Just a little bit of music theory goes a very, very long way. So that's what we're gonna do inside the course. We're gonna take just a tiny amount of it I'm gonna use it to, right. Many, many great core progressions necessarily. Remember how hard it is to know what called goes with what with other cause. I spent so many hours fumbling around trying to find the right course. We're going to get rid of all of that. You're gonna learn which Corker's with whatever cord and how to write really Great Corp aggression stream altogether toe write great songs. So we're gonna cover a few simple keys both major and minor. So gonna be ableto happy songs and satellites, all different kinds of songs. We're also going to take some examples is really, really famous songs. Look at the music very inside of that. And they were gonna take that and apply it all in writing. All you need to do in order to be successful with this cause is to know how to play an open position, chords down this end of the neck and have a strong desire to want to write great songs. You have those two things, then you're good to go. So why don't sign up today and become a songwriter that you've always wanted to be? 2. Intro: Okay, So welcome along to my complete Beginners guide to songwriting guitar calls. I just want to say before we get started. Thank you so much for joining and signing up to this course. I really hope that you enjoy it and that you can awful lot from it. I honestly think that you will. I think that, of course, is fantastic. And you've got so much to learn here, if you're still reasonably even brand you to some writing, we're gonna cover so much great stuff. And I guarantee that by the end of this course, you will be able to write great sounding songs in such a small amount of time. I'm talking about 5 10 minutes. You should be able to string together some courts that you know, we're gonna sound fantastic. So I'm here to help you out. If you have any troubles for any part of the course, please get in touch. And I will be very happy to help you out as best as I can. But anyway, thanks again on let's start letting 3. It ALL Starts with the Major Scale: around It all starts the major scale. Understanding the major scale is gonna help you out so much when it comes to songwriting. Because what you can do is you can actually turn that scale into chords on. Then you construe those cause together. And that's kind of how we write songs and how we know that the cords What cause go with what other court? So I know what you're thinking. I don't want to learn any scales, but honestly, the major scale is very, very important. We're just gonna look a c major scale and miss lesson. What is going to play it? But then, as you work your way through the course, we're gonna do so much more than that. We're gonna turn into court, turning into great corporate questions and use it as a tool to right songs. So you can't, in my opinion, But you have great difficulty writing songs. If you don't know the major scale, it's really important. So in this lesson, we're just gonna cover the C major scale on how to play it. Okay, so please learn it very, very, very well. So I haven't played the C major scale sounds like this way even start learning how to play . I'm gonna tell you the notes in the C major scalp. Now grab a pen and paper. I follow through with sheets I provided for you. The notes in the seem a disc out C d E f g A B and C. Okay, C d E f g a b c. And it's a really nice friendly core because scale, because there's no sharp and there's no flats in it. So that's why we're gonna deal with C major a lot throughout this course. So memorize those notes, and now let's learn how to play it. So down here we're gonna start their third finger on the third fret off the a string that notice. See, on day we're gonna play the D string just open on that day and then second fret of the D string. So on we're gonna play the third fret of the D string on those f use that finger open G course that those genes got seen, and G that the second fret of G strength. That's a be on the first fret with the string that way. So please, before you move on to any of the any of the other lessons. You must learn this scale. Really? Really, really well, because we've got to use it is gonna be the court. Absolutely everything that we do. Okay, So, please, please, please learn it. Well, I'll see you on the next lesson. 4. How Do We Build Chords?: Okay, so now you're familiar with the C major scale and you can play that The next step is to learn how to turn each each of the notes inside the sea may just go into court. Okay, so we said that all the notes in C major scale our C e o said it already, but it's crucially really understand that well, so we could thumb notes. But we can also give the notes, numbers or degrees recording degrees. So see ized everyone, they will be degree to these degree three x degree for season 3536 Basically seven on at sea is once again OK, so you can number the notes. 1234567 And I don't want this, although it's a song writing course to be too heavily theory based. Okay, I'm going to try to avoid getting too technical, but just a little bit of theory goes a very, very, very long way. So we're gonna try my best to explain it simply as I can anyway, so way No, the C major scale we know the notes into seem a discount on. We know that those notes a numbered 1234567 And in battle one and equal degrees. So off each degree of the scale, we can build a court. Okay, this is great. So from the sea, this person over here, what we do to build a cord is we'll take the first note, the first agree on. Then we'll skip over the second degree on will take the third degree. So that e Okay, so it take scenes, one eyes to a case. You put those two together. We've seen an E so far, that's to be one degree free. The other degree that we're gonna take is not four, but five. So you can just do it on your hands. And you could say OK, well, you take two b one C d e free if and G Jeez, the five. So we could put the five in there, which would be the geezer going. Take them to the day. Miss that through. Take that Those together You see any? So then, for we don't want that. But we do want five. Which is the G. Okay, That gives us a C major court. See Jean? Okay. Full C chord with the C e g on then this first finger is another. See? And then the high e string is another A. So in this sequel, which probably familiar with we've got to seize to ease. Okay, so that's how we build a c major chord on. Don't worry, this guy's maybe I had too much, but just rewatch it as many times as you need to. What you can do now is you can take that same approach and you could do it on every degree of the major scale. Okay, so if we do that on the next degree, which would be see going today, always taken out missing Oh, grab the next one. Take it, miss it Ways the 1st 3rd in the fifth. Then that's going to give you the called. So let's do that. So if we start this time on the D, which is a second degree, you can even just do any heads. D e don't want that. If yeah, if you take that g, you don't want that a you take that. You got d f A. And look the c major scale starting from the D string dean, and you want that Jean, You don't want that. You want that? Okay, so that will give us a D minor chord. All right, so this is a team record on if we have the notes in D minor chord. We've got D open D string. They got a G string, You got a D B string and F on the high. Any strength? So all the notes there r d f today. So they're the notes inside your de May de Miner court. Now, you can continue this for every degree of the major scale, and this is how we harmonize the scale and you don't harmonize. Means it means turning into courts. Okay? And you can do this each degree of the scale. And if you follow through with a worksheet that's provided, you can see that they could learn all of them there. And then that's how you work out. The court's OK, so that's quite a lot to take on board there. And if it goes straight overhead, don't where we just watch it as many times as you need to or just come back to it later on . You'll still get by perfectly fine if none of this made sense, but anyway, let's move on 5. All The Chords in C Major: Okay, So with that tricky bit of music theory out the way we could move on. So now hopefully you understand where a lot cause that we played come from that come from scales. And this is why one of the many reasons why scales are just so important. So anyway, once we have harmonized each degree of the major scale, these are the cause. You're left with C B one minor missed. Agree to a might between free and four G is 25 a minor degree. Six be diminished is degree seven. If you don't know what that be diminished court is is like this. So I'm playing the second fret on the a string bird friend on the D string using my second finger third finger is gonna play the third friend off the B string on my little finger again. It's gonna play another Beano here. Same as this one on the team for fret be diminished. So now they're all the chords in the key of C major. So here's the scene. May just got again. I think this is what it sounds like if we play those court in order. Okay, so what? You wanted to. Now is, of course, learned order of the court seem a to D minor e minor f g a minor. Be diminished. So no, no. Those done how to play them get very, very, very, very comfortable with, um And then what we can do is we can start turning those into some really nice corporations , and that's what we do in the next lesson. 6. Let's Start Writing!: so, along with learning how to play all of the court in order you just want to remember Because you can do this. That any major scale on which issues in Sears A nice nice example because there's no sharps and flats will be moving into new keys later on. You want to remember that order of the major and the minor court? So remember C major d minor e minor major G major A minor be diminished in Battersea. So remember that it goes major minor, minor, major, major, minor diminished. Okay, so you must remember that. Remember, the one degree one is always major degree to is always minor. Degree free is a waste minor. To be four is always major to be five is always major. Six is a ways minor and seven is a waste diminished. Okay, so grab a pen and paper. Make sure that you learn that What? Just completely off my heart, you must turn out by heart. But anyway, moving on what we're gonna do now is going. We're going to start having fun. Okay, Hopefully the theories make it make sense on. We're going to start putting these court into some really common core progressives. You're and you're here straight away. And I think I've heard that so many times now you know why. So there are no rules here. I'm going to show you some examples, but I want you to correct create some of your own assumes this lesson's over. So you couldn jumble up the courts in any order that you want so that in this first example , if you follow along with sheet music provided I play well, I played you go see, In case you're wondering, Yes, I'm using a pick. But if you don't want to use a pick being that this is a finger picking website, of course you don't have to use a plate if you rather not, but for strumming. Sometimes I like to use a pig anyway, So I played see better now before even playing those cause I knew that they would work well together. I'm sure that you've probably paid those calls before anyway. And he realized that they sound good together. But now you know why they sound good together? Because C is degree one of the major scale C major scale f is degree four Q c D. E F F major before is always major thing to achieve major court C D E F G, which is degree five way no, that's going to work and then back to the one to call this a 145 chord progression. And it's one off. If no, the most common core progressions we here in popular music since way, way back for for centuries is that strong? 145 They like each other very much. Okay, so sees the one with five on backing. So let's try another one. The next example idea is 1564 1564 So that tells you Got a C G 56 is a minor for is if I take this, That core progression has been used in thousands of pop songs. So there you go. So sees the one way no is going to work. It is the one on then g being the five, you know there's going to work and then this major a minor eyes. Six. Because six is always minor, and then if is the four on, of course that's going to work. Okay, let's have a look at one more example, Um, so the next one is 162516 to 5 seconds. There's one more on the sheets as well. On that is 1347 So you're gonna hear that awkward to play diminished seventh chord 1347 That's out of this way almost always goes back to the one called. So there's four examples I have given you there of some really common core progression from C major scale. So what I want you to do now is take a look at those, learn those and then bright some of your own before you've even paid it. You could just right right out some degrees because they're okay. Well, I'll play 15 to 3, or I'll play 1654 or any combination that you like and then just play them, just just playing them through any strong pattern that you like. And that's the very beginning to you, understanding how these calls work and to you writing some really great songs. Okay, let's keep going. There's so much more to learn 7. C Major's Biggest Hits: Okay, So what I thought it would be fun to do is to show you some examples of really famous songs that use just the C major scale harmony. So just called from the C major scale. So the first thing we're gonna look at his let it be by the Beatles. So it goes like this. Okay, so they're the cords for it. It's a huge song. One of the biggest songs of all time. And this is having the court way C g F c 1564154 down to one. Okay. Except is example right there of C major scale harmony at its best. Really? Okay, the next one we're gonna look at is no woman, no cry. And it is virtually the same as let it be. Sounds like this. Okay, so let it be no woman, no cry by Bob Marley said because see, exactly the same has let it be just a slightly different river about to see it is very slightly different because in its place, okay, Two huge songs that use harmony, friend of C major scale. And the songs are so close to just slightly different rhythms one last song is like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan. This goes that this. Okay, so seeing d minor e minor f g c is the one called these two Chord E minus the free court. If the forecourt Jeez, five court. So it's just working its way up each degree of the major scale one, these two So free, Really, really well known. Popular songs there that absorb millions and millions and millions of records. Um, on it just uses simple harmony from the C major scale. So what I'm getting at here is that you can write core progressions equally as good as these, with everything that we've covered in just a few lessons that we've had already. So keep writing lots of random corporations using the C major scales on. Let's move on to the next lesson when you're ready to 8. G Major Scale: Okay, so now you can write songs core progressions, at least in the key of C major. I think the next best thing to do is to start moving into a few of a key. So we're gonna look a to new keys. First off, we're gonna look at the G major, keep G Major, and they were going to look at the key of D major. So we're gonna apply the exact same rules is the C major, but you're gonna have more possibilities, more options just because now you'll be able to do it in a few new keys. So the G major scale goes on this way. But before we do that, the notes in the G major scout org to G, and it has one sharpen it and that sharp is f so the nose R g a B c D e f sharp on batter. Gee. So let's go over how to play the G major scale. First off, we're going to do to work to resolve It started on the third fret of the East drink. This note is G. So we play. There was a bee's. The second fret on the street sees the third friend of the A string Open day on. Then he's the second friend on the D String shop is the full friend. Then we're gonna play the second fret on the G string letters a B first friend on the B string C de, which is the third for on the Bay shops. Second fret on then the G There are two people by 6712 Okay, so that should tell you for this lesson. Learned how to play a C major scale, done each degree of it on and yet learned the notes Really, really getting under your fingers. 9. G Major Harmonised: So now we know how to play the G major scale. We can harmonize a C major scale. We know that to harmonize any major scale you just offer each degree you build on to be one major. A major chord degree to my record degree. Three on my record. Agree for a major core degree. Five. Major chord six is a minor chord of seven is a diminished chord, so we could take that. And we all we have to do now is build that exact same formula that sex and structure just from the G major scale to be one of the major G. So that's going to give us a G major court, uh, Green to the team. A discount is a degree to is minor, so that's gonna give us degree free. Be free years minus. That gives us B minus called before his major so that C. C. Major five his major and it's D d major. Three sixes minor and it's e minor on then Degree seven is diminished. So we get this well f sharp diminished back to Geo if you've been devious, unsure of the seventh degree for the time being and just avoid it. And as time goes on, you'll get more and more used to it. That worried about it. If it's really confusing, you could still do lots. We just agreed 1 to 6, But anyway, here I'm playing the f diminish like this sharp. So you have shocked down the second friend of the string, the third friend of the A string on then the four friends of the D on in the third, right? And then barring playing the second on the G doesn't save its old ultra confusing. They don't worry about it too much at the moment. I just want you to start writing cook great core progressions not being too stressed out about every minor detail anyway, So that is how you harmonize the G major scale. And next I said, we're gonna put it into some really, really nice core progressions. 10. G Major Progressions: So what we're gonna do now is we're gonna take the progressions that we did in the key of C major. We're going to them in the key of G. So the 1st 1 is one for five. And if you can think back to when we harmonize a C major scale that gave us the cause of CF Fergie or in the key of G is gonna give us because of G, c and D. Jeez, one sees the four, these five. So that's going to sound like this. Probably the most common common core progression around. And then after that, we're gonna do We did 1564 So it keeps. See, that was C G A minor. And keep jeez Jean Dean thing. Okay, let's do one more thing time. We'll go. 161625 Now what you gotta do is just try writing so their own core progressions go for the ones that I've written out for you in the machines provided on just start writing. So corporations in the key of G 11. G Major Famous Songs: Okay, so let's have a look at some songs. Some famous songs that use G major harmony So the 1st 1 is knocking on Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan Goes on This so there Jean de a minus for the first time. So that's 152 I think it goes Jean B. C. So that's 15 OK, so there's one on then the next time I go to look at is actually we're gonna pick. We're gonna pick it, but we don't have to. The song is sweet Home Alabama sweetheart about Bama by Lenin skin. So if you wanted to strum it with the court to be Wait, wait. It's more like that underneath that they are still just playing. See, Jean? So that goes to show you what you could do with just a few chords. You don't always just have to struggle. You can pick through them will be doing more of that later on. Don't worry. The other example I've got for you is you should be all night long by a c d. C. Which goes which is great song on there. That's just a G cool to see alternates between T and C. Middlesex between G and T. So that's just one for five, but much more so There's an example of what you could do is just 14 and five of the most common core progression around. So there's a famous songs. Try writing, just continue to write between each lesson. Take what you've learned in that lesson and just use it to try and write. Something doesn't matter if it sounds good or not, but just keep doing it. And the more you do it, the better your questions are going to stop. Sounding is gonna get better. Better, better, better. 12. D Major Scale: Okay, so let's just do one more key. And this key is gonna be the D major key of D major. So let's let the scale. Of course, we're just doing it in one position, but it is possible to play the scale all over the neck, and that's something you want to strive to do as well as you get better. Better first off the notes of the D major scale a d two d as f sharp in it, just like G Major, but it's also a C shop in it as well. One is D, two is a free is that shop on someone and d fifth fret here, a string second fret degree to his E. That's the secret of the D have shops. Four fret of the D String G is the fifth fret of the D String is second friend of the G. String B is the forefront of the G A. C. Sharp is the second friend off the of the B string, and then Dean is the third of the B string. So there's one on TV. Oh, keep going as well by a here, the threat of the beast of a little finger wave shop. Second friend Heidi could play G. It's a next friend, the third friend on the high. I mean, you could play a there was. Well, fifth fret you play c sharp to be seven on the forefront of the A being second friend of a If you wanted to start being on, then this'll 1/5 fret there should you want todo g, which is for E. I have shopped there. If you want todo you just play the scale up and down is really important that you learn your scales. But really, for this course we're just doing it Still had a harmonised them so to use their courts. So with that in the next video, we're going to start turning with all the records and of course, leading super aggressions. 13. D Major Scale Harmonised: Okay, So exactly the same is what we've done for the C major energy major. But now for the D. So let's turn it into court. So called one major that's gonna give us d major Co two is minor E minor. Three years minor as well. That gives us remember it's f sharp so way have sharp minor degree four is major and then it was g okay to be five Major 86 is minor. That it was basically get B minus seven is diminished a C sharp CEO up to here we play the same as you did for this. Be just under starting with C sharp before friend and then never this What you're finding is once you start playing around with these different keys that you're gonna prefer writing in some that are especially on the on the guitar, especially on the acoustic guitar. Little feel a bit different. They were going to sound a bit different. You will favor office and that's why I'm moving them through the keys. Don't just get stuck in the key of C major, which does happen. People get too comfortable there. So we're only doing free keys. Three keys in this course, but I strongly encourage you to watch a comfortable with these to venture out. Continue working your way through as many cases you can't. So after you've done this, perhaps move on to a and then move on to E on, then move on to be in F sharp and then just just keep going until you go for all of them. But one step, small steps, small steps, but just keep going. So now you confront co progressions in free K's. 14. D Major Scale Progressions: Okay, so just a few examples of core progressions that I've come up with in Kiev. D So the 1st 1 65 sounds like more than a fever. But Boston. Okay, But you guys. So there's one another. 11363 Andi, I love one d A. 15. D Major Famous Songs: Okay, So three songs that were in the key of D major the 1st 1 is twisted. Interesting shot bythe there is again Another beach was one across the universe goes So there D, which is the one b minor, which is six minor of sharp minus story, which is free and then went to an E minus seven. But it's just a minor chord. Don't worry. We're gonna get the intercept course called Extension soon, so that's still all note from the D major scale. One more example is every breath, every breath you take. Sorry, it's everybody hurts by R E M. That's a finger picking one on it goes like this. So that was to Jean. So one to fall does that a few times on then e minor. So that's two on a which is the five. So it's free examples there. I could give you so many more. But now you've got all the information providing, of course, as always. So your own corporations 16. A Minor Scale: everything up to this point has revolved around the major scale. And you might be wondering, Well, this is really, really good. But what about if I want to write a song in a minor key? How do I write songs in a minor key? Well, the good news is, we're gonna look at that now. And even better news is is that you've done all the hard work already because the the minus count with natural minor scale comes from the major scale. It's the same notes just laid out in a different order. Okay, So, for instance, is a little bit of music theory. We have to get into it. We just have to do it That that a natural minor scale contains exactly the same notes as the C major scale. Okay, so the notes in the C major scale a, C, d, e, f, g, a, B and C. The notes in the A natural minor scale are there exactly the same. But they just start on a on end early, so you get a B C D E f g A. Okay, so it's the same nose. Exactly a sandwich. There's no shots in their life. That's but you started ended on a as opposed to starting an ending on. See, that's the only difference. Okay? And you could do this. It's always six degrees away. So if we take C major, we count up six c d E f g a. We get to a I A is what we call it the relative minor of C major. So that means it shares exactly. They're saying notes, Okay, be how e is a relative minor of G major. So that means that e minor in natural minor that's gotta be natural Minor contains exactly the same notes as a G major school G Major scale is T to do of f sharp g A B C D e f sharp g e natural minor is e f sharp T a B C D m Back to a on them for the kids D. It's relative minor is B minus. A B minor contains exactly the same notes as D. Major does. Okay, so I hope that makes sense from what's that back this May times A. So you need to you need more help explaining it. Just get in touch with our help. You out. So anyway, the C major scale, a natural minor scale, is the same as the C major scale has the same notes, so that has the same knows that automates. It has exactly the same course. So first things first. Let's learn how to play a natural minor scale because you know the A B c D e f g eight. So that goes. I string being second from the extreme. See thought for the a string. Second fret of the D string is the friend of the G string Open G is a there. So that's a no to the c major scale. A natural minor scale. Okay, so that's what we'll do in this lesson, but the next lesson will turn it into the court. 17. A Minor Scale harmonised: Okay, so we know that the notes of the same from C Major and a natural minor. So therefore, the cords are exactly the same as well. So we just start a ziff. We're using the same course. We just started a minor so called one in the key of a natural minor or in any my picky eyes miners. We play a minor. That's Court one on, then degree to think what's next in the C major scale after a my C D major So D c D minor, a minor f g a minor, and then be diminished. Be diminished is at two chords in the key of a minor. A minor be diminished. Then the next one will be see on. Then it would be de might e. F cheese 237 I think so. As you can see, it's exactly the same chords from the C major scale, but you just start on a minor, so there's a bit confusing when you when you first hear it first, see it first hear it, but it after a while, over the light bulb goes off on, and that makes sense. So if you understand the major scale. You've done all the hard work. You just need to rewire your brain. And this really will rewire the order of the cords and your way. And you could start writing some Minor Corp a questions, and that's what we do in the next lesson, I'll see you there. 18. A Minor Progressions: Let's just go over the court in a natural once. One chord is a minor. Two Corners be diminished. Freak Ortiz. See major forecourt in D Minor. 5/4 Minor. Six. Major. Seventh chord. So with that, let's start writing a minor songs. Sad songs. So that's here. What a 145 sounds like in the key of a minor. Remember in the kid in a major key G and see its way. That's what it sounds like. A minor that's gonna give us the court of a minor D minor e minor. So 145 minor came was much sadder. It was about this. Okay, so if you want to write a sad so you doing in a minor key is one way to do it's gonna help you out. That's a one for five. Let's have a look at another question. The next one on the examples provided is 156 OK, a minor. Seven. That's pretty cool. Really good. Seven. Another example. The next one is 16 fine. So it's the same causes. The last time I just ordered slightly differently, says that this Okay, I want more. We're gonna go with one called free court, which is say that forecourt, which is deemed minor on then seven court, which is G. That sounds like this. Okay, so they're just some random examples. Of course. What we want you to do now is right. Some of your own berry mind. I'm always strumming these because I feel that it is important to future at this stage. Just a learn what court? Go with each other to get really familiar with harmonizing each scale. Andi, just to get familiar with it. But there's no reason why now you're starting to get used to that. You should be a page eight, some of the cause of pick through them. And then you could take that same progression and you could pick through it. And maybe it was You know, it might sound a bit nicer just to give you some more options in your writing. 19. A Minor Famous Songs: Okay, So here's free songs in the key of a minor free, famous, pretty well known something. The 1st 1 is safe tonight that nineties hit by Eagle Eye Cherry It goes a minor C. So that's 1637 Okay, the whole song is just that all the way through. And it was a huge hit in the 19 so you could do so much with so little. If you just know a little bit of music theory, you come right. Great corporations in no time. Little hope that you really signed to see that the next one, which is even less cause and has been a big, big, big song since the seventies, is Stairway to heaven. They actually picking part. Guess quite complex. But it is still using just harmony from the sea from the A, my natural minor scale. But I'm talking about the way there He's just playing a my Teoh. I just got a 176 in the key of a minor, and the last one is Californication by the Red Watching peppers, which goes like things picking. He's just a pigeon dating a minor. This just officiating on ethical doesn't difficult then this picking see, and not just picking their way through not too strong, so it's a bit more exciting. So free examples there, off songs that used the harmony from a minor, a natural. 20. 7th Chords: Okay, now we've covered a lot already. We've harmonize the C major scale, the G and the D major scale. We've learned corporations of famous songs in A with those hopefully Ryan Sotogrande core progressions. And we've done it for minor as well. A natural minor. But of course we want you to do is to go through and try that with the relative miners of D and B and as many keys as you possibly can. We're still not done yet. We're not gonna do any more scales. We're just gonna make accords a little bit more sophisticated and do some called extensions and other ways to make your corporations. Could you got you got all the ingredients you need to write chord progressions. But now we can spice up record a little bit as well as you say. These called extensions. So once you're capable, these try a T c D minor. You might have. You can turn them all into a seven, of course. And this is the next step on seven courts they used all the time on. They sound great on when use right could really take your playing Cooper questions to the next level really, really can. So if you think back to one of the very first lessons in this course well, how we created a cord from the major scale. We took the 1st 3rd of the fifth while we're gonna keep those. But we're just gonna add the seventh degree, OK? Now you're gonna get too heavily into the theory because I don't want this to be to, you know, just to theory based just what you actionable straightaway used it stopped writing stuff of it. So But, you know, that's what you're doing to get these courts. You're just adding in the seven degrees for a C major eyes a c major chord. Remember the scale way 5671 What? We took the sea, which is the one that he which is free G, which is five. What's the seven c d e f a. Be so we can always put the Senate's agreeing It's well so we could put a beard wears be way. Take out first finger off this string. Here is the noted be that gold is a beam major seven chord on You could do down every chord of of all these guys that fight any chord. So we had see, it's a C major chord. C Major chord. Excuse me. So that turns into C major seven and then the next called his D minor that becomes D minus seven. The next call was E minor becomes 17 That's cool. F major chord that becomes from ages seven. Now that has caused dominant his major, but it's actually a dominant chord. So if you count up, get out from the from the G wanted for the 56 way get to this number here and I actually gives us is the only one in the scale. Gene W seven like this big stretch Chelsea and then a minor. This is 36 becomes an A minus seven on in the last one, which is being diminished if we go 1/3 and in civics, agree that actually gives us a cord called B minor. Seven. Flat. Five. OK, so and that sounds like this is as easy as a play diminish court. So you could use that That was always really nicely back so you could have a player with those has caught diagrams on sheets provided, but we're going to start doing on what you can do in your own writing is you can use thes whenever you want to, so that's coming up in the next lesson. 21. 7th Chords Progressions: Okay, so in the court provided here, you could with what we've got A C major, seventh a body seven a minus seven, Major seven. So this is just using major seven. Of course, that they sound a bit more complex, a bit more sophisticated. They're richer in the notes that they use. But have a listen and see what you think. Okay, Now I could have just seeing I just had a little bit more sophistication to your playing there. Just a little bit jazzier. If you like that. Just a bit more complex, that's all. So let's have a look at another one. This one goes, but you don't always have to use them all the time. Of course, you can just use one major seven chord or minus seven or dominance in record. My 75 Whatever one you want is a seven course should have said in the progression if it caused for it. If you just want a little bit more so in the next one, it uses F major seven and also be minor. Seven flat. Just a regular seen irregular Wait a very last one seen e G minus 7 to 7. This Saturday. Okay, so now you've learned that seven. Of course. It's time for you to try and black to get own corporal questions and start throwing in some major seven of courts on get start getting used to them that they don't always have to play them. But if it caused for it and it sounds good, that is good. 22. Sus Chords: Okay, let's keep going with these cold extensions called variations on Ways to spice up your playing give you more options in your writing, and the next type of court I would like to look at is suss court. So it starts to calls and suss forecourt you. You're bound to have seen these before because again, they're really, really common. All of this stuff that's in this course you hear it every day on the radio. It's been around for for Do You have decades and decades and decades and centuries. Eso is valuable stuff is a central stuff that you need to know. So suss four chords. Now let's really quickly go over the theory. If we said that for to create a major chord, we took the 1st 3rd and fifth of the scale Well, to get a suss say Suss to called, we take the 1st 2nd and the fifth. So in the keep see, remember your C d E f G. That's the 1st 5 you'd knock out free in the four and you'll be left C, e and G. Okay, so that would be like that. And to get a sense four chord, do you take See, knock out a dean, look at the E and you'll be left with effort G. So seen Jean. Don't worry. If this still doesn't make sense, you could just follow along the diagrams and I learned the courts that way. So there's there's many opportunities to use the's in the key of C major so we could take a sequel on the first thing you could do. We could play a system chord. So to do that, we just put in a d We just take a second finger that you want to ideally miss them But a string there. So just pull that you first make it down and it would clip it substitute You could place a sparkle by putting your little finger on before third fret of the street. OK, give you Seo, you couldn't do that d d minor d minor decides to. And that is just like this thes two d d that I think some small way of this whole thing going the G Why g Because Jesus for D e f g so no give you that s o c c. Since two such school decides to support their very welcome. You could do e cess pool like that as well. Just like a call that moves down eyes the four of the and that's in the key of C major. So that could go in. Uh, the suss to called here wouldn't work quite so well, I mean, it would be you'd have to take out this know here if you have to do. It's probably just worth avoiding that one there because freezing it for an e suss to it's more of a hey, add nine called. You could do it, but you'd have to miss out this This G here it's just a bit difficult to quip. I just avoid that one. Um, you could do if you could do efs us efs us to What's the two of that is G. So take that off to have susp always be flat before of F B flat. That's not keep see like that. He that I just mentioned. You don't want to do some sport there, but you can do so stick and you could do geese us for like this. If you played you like this, See, here is the full weight and you could do use us to like this license, allow the cords are on on the on the diagram on the diagrams on the on the sheets provided play for them, Get to know them and then you can just start using the 1,000,000 playing. So there's another example there that I've written out that seemed the key of C and uses lots of obstacles and SAS four chords. So that goes on this. You could do that in the piece of music, goes example. Playing around with sounds like a mix between ABBA and John Lennon. The Happy Christmas War is over, so that's something. If you want to hear a song that uses lots of SAT scores, go away. Listen, Teoh that Christmas song, but anyway, so their sauce cords. Andi, you can re start playing around with those, and they will do so much for your plea. So don't just strung them. I could take Let's see. I could just take this. I could take the D minor chord and just stop picking and see if I can come up with some kind of melody line or something. That sounds nice. Just have a little mess around, just completely messing around. They're completely, but you kind of know that is going to work. So anyway, so stoical cesspool called Have a lot of fun. Just play around with them for as long as you can. 23. Slash Chords: something else that you can do to your cord is you can turn them into slash cords. And if you don't know what a slash court is basically all the course that you've played so far because they aren't slash course, say it see from no snow will be the note, which is the name of that court. So see the most. Here is C minor F course way play a slash court. Basically, we replace the basement with another. Another note, usually from live inside the scale. And that's what we're doing in this lesson. That sort of sad record is it's just the course of a of a different base. We could do that in many, many ways. So some examples for you to take a C court well g is in the c major scale. This noticed G. So I could put that in the base and play a sequel like this, and this would be cool to see slash g. That is bigger. Deeper. Okay, so there's one example there. I do another one. I could see b. I could use that bees inside the C major scale this notes be so I could play that maybe muse out the D string. Just that figured out. And this would be a c slash b like, See? Okay, because that's very nice, De Miner. This movement. Oh, Cordy mine. You could add in the a string here that would be deep minus Put the sea in the base play deed minus I see de miner slash f here f c c may just very well e minor e minus b So just strumming from the a stream Steve, you want todo way to see the base sees overseeing the kids. See on you can put the key in the base as well, so you could hold it left like this. Put this gene the base like that, Um, a minor. That's too difficult. A minor hooded and name I record. We could put this gene basic way with base seeing the base. So that gives you a lot of possibilities on just more options to help your songs out. So here's a corporal question that uses some slash cause I play it for you like that. Okay, So what did I play? A paid si g slash b g. But I'm not playing this one for the B string and I went to a minor key in the base, making that a necessity. What if there's a full bar chord? I like you open up the street, waking slash e and then go to E minor on. So lots of slash course there's start playing around. If I didn't like this strongly thing, I could, of course, picked that maybe more like very often you get that. So experiment moving through the keys, remember all it is Is that you replacing the bass note for now with another note from live inside that scale, and sometimes it's going to sound good. Sometimes it won't sound so good is a lot of experimenting that you need to do. 24. Add9th Chords/Final Thoughts: Okay, so this is the last lesson. Onda, We didn't look it Just one more court up. There are so many more. But we gotta cut it off somewhere. I don't give you too much because, you know, you really understand this stuff experiment with so much you can do just with what we've gone through here. But anyway, this last less I'm gonna look a course called at night courts really quickly. That's do the music theory for it. All that means is that you take your regular triad said the one free in the five that we've mentioned a few times. But they also add the ninth degree of the scale. So if we're doing CR nine, for example, with start on C and that's eight. But they keep going s so you just add in the next 169 like that. You're unsure what the nine is? Just used the two because it's exactly the same as that. So in the key of C, it d Okay, In the key of G, it's a in the key of D is a but it is an octave higher. So you get up the next one. Don't wife it doesn't make sense Learned. Of course I provided and come back to it later on. Anyway, The CIA nine chord see at night is a really lovely corner. You think of sea like this, You think a little finger Put it on the third fret of B. That's to my degree. It's the motor d c. And so I just figured I'd see Kordell the sequel to see See My Descendant Way Don't sees us to school on now. See a nine so you can play around with I played every single court type there that we don't just for C and it sounded nice. He can use it to write nice melody lines underneath your courts. Okay, so moving up then CIA nine that other one we could do it for is gonna work so well on the d minor chord in this instance again on the e minor chord. We're not going to go there because it gives See that e the night for these f sharp that's going the key, so figures will be hit doesn't matter. But on if we can do because a marked degree of F is G, it's just a regular G and years in the key of C major. So if we hold down f way take a little finger But it on the third fret off the high Eastern . That's if at night so is that f us too. Okay, Play around with those waken do it. G corgi at nine. G knife. Geez A Okay, so that's it. Keep see Way g and then just G chord. And then we had first week on the second fret of g e o r g e d j smooth g seven Like that on them a minor on nine. This is a really lovely one. The knights agree of a is B so we don't want to do this because then we lose the free. This is a nice us to lose the third degrees. We want to keep that one in. This isn't a We could push that up to friends. This is the hardest colder. It's on so far Probably the most beautiful thing about all time Favorite court. I use it way too much, So I'm holding down open a second fret of the D string as stats e and then the four friend of the G string that be in the first friend of B street That see, I OK, so a accords with a minor Seven aces to on We've done a swell. Now this really, really lovely A minor. So see, at nine. G 89 on then I had And you could use those, of course, in your writing. And I've put a little example down there in the sheet music attacks, sheet music attached that uses them so that this question goes out This so that C. C and nine c c major 77 at nine. This is a g n nine. And then instead of play this being here, I stretched my little finger up about this. But here is the same. There are putting down friend on the string on. Then four fret on the G and for 2nd 3rd from on high. You hear that Really lovely. Really, really, really love. There's also another example which uses the same calls on leave, which is finger picking on that. Because of this, it is because you got that melody walking up the court, Theo and get the idea. So really, that's about it. It's been absolute. Absolute pleasure is showing you all this stuff. I hope that you've got a huge amount from it. Hopefully that the light bulbs are really starting to go off or have gone off your writings underway. But the moment it's all about cords writing great corporal questions and and study in your scales. And they're just growing and growing and growing and growing and growing on. Then the melody lines will come. So remember, strong pig finger pick Think about rhythms on and just practice practice everyday practice trying. Right, Nucor progression every single day. And then in time, they're just gonna get better and better. Better feel free if you write something that you really proud off. You want me to examine and tell you what I think of it? Maybe perhaps give you a little feedback and send it to me. I'm really happy to help you out, but anyway, thank you so much. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. And I really hope to hear from you sometime. And I see you on another calls. Enough video somewhere else. Thanks a lot. Bye.