Saturday Songwriting: Votives

Lots of teachers treat the diminished chords like something dangerous and scary, or something there isn’t much use for, or something that’s just to complicated to understand.

Diminished chords are sort of rebels living by their own rules. Maybe that’s why teachers set them off to the side of the map where it reads; “Thar be Dragons.” But diminished chords really aren’t that hard to add to a chord progression.  

This weeks musical idea takes a look at one way to relate to diminished chords. They’re related to the Left Neighbor of the “key” chord in BEAD Guides Chord Flow. That means they can be used in place of the left neighbor, as a substitute.   

Diminished chords definitely have a distinct flavor. Perhaps they are an acquired taste, but I’m guessing once you get a feel for them, you’ll enjoy them more and more.  Check out the sheet below!

Interview with Timmy on the Raw Songwriting Podcast! A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of getting interviewed by David Coile for his “Raw Songwriting” Podcast. It was a great time, so good it had to be split into two episodes. Here’s a link to Part I. (It can also be found on whichever podcast platform you use).

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The Prompt:

Here’s a link to Gianluca ‘Tenia’ Gambino’s Art. Find out more about Gianluca and his work here.

The Musical Idea:

Here’s a downloadable pdf of the worksheet above:

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Saturday Songwriting: Off the Table

This week I’m sharing two musical ideas using BEAD Guides Chord Flow that I think of almost like a seesaw, because I feel like they balance each other. I don’t think there’s really any musical principle that makes that true—it’s just the way I feel.  Each is probably the most common change made to the left and right neighbor in BEAD Guides Chord Flow.  Check it out below!  

Last week we had a great Fearless Songwriting Challenge. The Fearless Songwriters collectively wrote a total of 65 songs. Not too shabby. 

The next challenge starts in just a few weeks on Sunday February, 7th. It’s the annual take over of the Fearless Challenge by Beth DeSombre. She approaches the prompts just a tad differently than I do, harvesting suggestions from performing songwriters in the community.  Read the FAQ (Fearlessly Asked Questions) or join the weekly email to learn more!. 

P.S. This blog is Patreon supported. If you value the prompts and, you can support the [Patreon here]. If you’re merely curious or a little short of cash, enjoy.  

The Prompt:

Here’s a link to AJ Frena’s Art. Find out more about AJ and his work here.

The Musical Idea:

Here’s a downloadable pdf of the worksheet above:

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Saturday Songwriting: Stars Crashing

I’m currently in the throws of a Fearless Challenge, so no musical idea to share this week, but if you aren’t taking part in the challenge, there’s a prompt from earlier in the week down below.

The Prompt:

Here’s a link to Nicebleed’s Art

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Saturday Songwriting: Proud Flesh

Recently, I was watching another video by Jake Lizzio from Signal Music Studios. He’s talking about the chord progression from the song “Something,” by The Beatles. 

It’s a gorgeous song which uses a lot of “borrowed chords.” Borrowed chords are something we haven’t talked about here yet, so I figured why not check ‘em out, so that’s what this weeks worksheet talks about. 

As a cool side note, “Something” uses both the major and minor “line cliches” that I posted about a couple of weeks ago too. Check out the progression George Harrison put together. It’s the kind of song you’ll want to steal ideas from for years and years to come once you understand it.  

The Prompt:

Here’s a link to Patrycja Podkościelny’s Art

The Musical Idea:

Here’s a downloadable pdf of the worksheet above:

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