SSG Year 14 Week 28

The Sunday Songwriters club is a stretching exercise for your mind. Arpeggios for the brain cells, so to speak. After all, writing is like playing - to get better, you have to practice.
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SSG Year 14 Week 28

Post by dhodge » May 14th, 2016, 9:02 am

Hello to all

This week you get an assignment that focuses on the music aspect of songwriting - specifically the song structure.

We're going to use a blues song format but instead of the typical twelve-bar blues style, your task is to write a song in the format of eight bar blues (in a major key). The way this works is:

1st bar: Root chord

2nd bar: V chord

3rd bar: IV chord

4th bar: IV chord

5th bar: Root chord

6th bar: V chord

7th bar: Root chord

8th bar: Turnaround (or V chord)

So, for example, if you decide to play blues in the key of E, your chords would be:

1st bar: E

2nd bar: B

3rd bar: A

4th bar: A

5th bar: E

6th bar: B

7th bar: E

8th bar: Turnaround (which ends on the B)

Of course, 7 chords are more than welcome, as are 9 chords.

You'll hear this eight bad format used in songs like "Key to the Highway."

As always, I look forward to reading and to listening to what you come up with.

Peace

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Re: SSG Year 14 Week 28

Post by John Sargent » May 15th, 2016, 8:51 am

Your example has the IV chord as a "D". It should be "A".

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Re: SSG Year 14 Week 28

Post by dhodge » May 15th, 2016, 8:56 am

Thank you!

I've corrected it.

Peace

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