Music Theory, Songwriting, The Muse, Writing

Saturday Songwriting: A Message

There’s a time honored tradition of switching a chord from major to minor, which means if you’re playing an F major chord in a song, making the next chord you play an F minor. 

The worksheet I included today is talking about the difference between major and minor chords.  (It’s just one note!) It ended up being an explanation of how chords are built instead of a musical idea someone could really try out. But why not just play around with changing a chord from major to minor? See what happens. A classic way the Beatles (among many others) make this change is this:

Say you’re using BEAD Guides Chord Flow in the key of C (Here’s a link to BEAD Guides Chord Flow for the key of C).  That makes the major chords G, C, and F.

When it served the song, they would play an F chord and the next chord in the progression would be F minor.  

Another key you could try this in and avoid the F minor bar chord would be the Key of A. (If you’re avoiding bar chords note all the minor chords in A: C#m, F#m, and Bm, are bar chords).  

That’s the idea, give me a shout if you have questions or could use clarification.   

The Prompt:

Here’s a link to Richard Hall’s “Message in a Bottle”

The Musical Idea:

Here’s a downloadable pdf of the worksheet above:

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