SONGWRITING

Harmony

 

 

Instructor:  Dr. Vicky V. Johnson

Email: vjohnson@tarleton.edu

Phone: Ext 9238

 

 

Course Outline    Syllabus

 

 

Harmony in songwriting does not have to be complex.  Some of the best songs have very few chords.

 

3 Chords  G   C   D   (I  IV  V)

 

4 Chords    I V vi IV

 

More 4 Chords

 

 

Simple chord progression (a place to begin)

F   G   Am

Get these chords under your fingers and improvise a melody above.

 

 

 

You may want to add a bass line and some rhythm.

Here's some inspiration:

 

30 Best Rock Riffs

 

100 Riffs

 

  

Chord Types

Major

Minor

Power chords

7ths

 

Chord loops

One chord loop

Am7  Dm7   F   G

Slow blues jam in C

Blues in A

Blues in Am

Blues Rock in G

Blues in C

 
  
  

"Chord Painting" 

Flyleaf sings "Tiny Heart": at the end, the lyrics say "waiting" and it ends on a chord out of the key (key is F, last chord is F#minor and melody note is a C#)  This is word painting, leaving the listener . . . waiting.

 

  
  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Created and maintained by Vicky V. Johnson