The Basics. Part 6

author: petergillies date: 01/27/2005 category: for beginners
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This is the first extension of the five basic lessons. Please review the first five lessons to have a better interpretation of the lesson. 1. Song Writing: This is a short but extremely valuable lesson. By the end, you will know how to write your own songs. What's that you say? You thought that writing songs was just playing random chords and finding out what sounds good?? Sorry to say, but there is an actual method to writing songs and chord progressions. But the good thing is that writing by this method, you'll be sure to know that every chord you use will sound good together!
Major, Minor, Minor, Major, Major, Minor, Diminished.
That there is the one small line of writing that will help you forever when writing your own music. What you will need to know are the scales. To start, you first of all have to establish what key you would like the song in. Let's say 'A major' for example. There are seven words in the method above; this is because there are seven notes in any major or minor scale. Make sense? Good.
The seven notes in the A major scales are: 
A, B, C#, D, E, F# and G#
Now its time to put it all together! Just match up the seven method words and the notes of the scale!
Maj, min, min, Maj, Maj, min, Dim. 
 A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#.
So this means that when writing a song in the A major key, the chords that can be used are: A Major, B Minor, C# Minor, D Major, E Major, F# Minor and G# Diminished! Well done! Now you can have endless hours of song writing at your fingertips, well... for the rhythm sides of things anyway! Cheers! You're on the path to success! I'll be posting lesson seven as soon as possible!

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