Saturday Songwriting: BEAD is a Memory Hammer for Guitar

Hello there from the middle of a Fearless Songwriting week. This week’s been good to me. I’ve got six songs out of it so far. But Truth be told, I’m working a double tomorrow I won’t be writing a song. 

Get six days into a Fearless weeks and then simply quit, isn’t that against the rules!?! Sometimes knowing what’s enough is more important than the rules. Which is why often during the week of a Fearless Challenge, I declare a pause on this email, and I send out a prompt from sometime in the last year, and call it a day. This week however, I found myself with a bit of extra time to put together a new BEAD Guides Chord Flow sheet.  

When I talk about BEAD Guides Chord Flow a lot of the time, it’s a little abstract. Sure, I relate it to a one of the Greatest Songs of All Time (according to Rolling Stone Magazine), but the sheets I put together don’t have any reference the guitar. This time I wanted to create a sheet that ties in directly to the guitar.   

If you’ve been on this list for a while, you likely know that BEAD Guides Chord Flow is a memory tool for songwriters. It’s like a hammer. It’s memory hammer. It arranges and nails chords into an order that nearly guarantees they will sound good together. 

Wouldn’t it be cool if the guitar did the same thing? 

Wouldn’t it be cooler if the memory tool it used was related to BEAD Guides Chord Flow as well? 

Well, guess what?  

It does, on both counts! 

BEAD Guides Chord Flow is built into standard tuning of the guitar. The sheet below will outline how. (Aren’t you glad you’re on this list)?

If anything on this sheet or any other sheet I send out feels confusing, let me know. It’s my job to make this stuff as clear as possible. When you tell me I’m not doing my job, it’s a big help.  



The Prompt:

Art by Steeven Salvat, full image here. More about Steeven here

The Musical Idea:

Here’s a downloadable pdf of the worksheet above:

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