How to Write Songs on Keyboards: A Complete Course to Help You Write Better Songs

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(Book). This book helps both keyboard and guitar players to find and develop interesting chords and chord sequences on a keyboard, and then use them to write their own songs. Rather than trying to teach intricate pieces of music, the book breaks things down into a simpler style and concentrates on basic chords and ideas, starting with a simple three-chord song and gradually adding more complex structures. A visual system that virtually eliminates the use of standard music notation allows guitarists who are used to using guitar tablature to feel
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Overview

(Book). This book helps both keyboard and guitar players to find and develop interesting chords and chord sequences on a keyboard, and then use them to write their own songs. Rather than trying to teach intricate pieces of music, the book breaks things down into a simpler style and concentrates on basic chords and ideas, starting with a simple three-chord song and gradually adding more complex structures. A visual system that virtually eliminates the use of standard music notation allows guitarists who are used to using guitar tablature to feel totally at home. Songwriting issues are also analyzed, including key changes and writing songs in minor keys. The straightforward style of this book will have musicians writing on a keyboard with ease even if they never have before.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879308629
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 597,064
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. 1 A fistful of notes 12
Sect. 2 Ten easy moves 40
Sect. 3 Write a song with three chords 62
Sect. 4 Write a song with four chords 74
Sect. 5 Instant magic : four-chord turnarounds 88
Sect. 6 Reaching for the five and six-chord song 110
Sect. 7 Songs of rain : writing in a minor key 134
Sect. 8 Get that emotion : the chord colourbox 154
Sect. 9 More polish, more inspiration 182
Sect. 10 Structure, melody, lyrics 216
Sect. 11 Famous songwriters on songwriting 226
Sect. 12 A gallery of keyboard songs and albums 234
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