Music Concept for Songwriting in 30 Minutes! (Xmas Sale)

Music Concept for Songwriting in 30 Minutes! (Xmas Sale)

In todays episode I’ll present you use Music Concept suggestions for bettering your songwriting. XMAS SALE —— 40% OFF The Beato E-book 4.0 – Use Coupon …

24 thoughts on “Music Concept for Songwriting in 30 Minutes! (Xmas Sale)

  1. Average chart song these days has 9 people with song writing credits. Words and melody writers are now referred to as "topliners", at least in EDM.

  2. Rick: It's amazing the amount of knowledge and experience you have about music… From so many angles; composer, songwriter, guitar player, teacher, book writer. Audio Engineer, and so on…You have so much culture about music !!!!… No wonders why you are so successful as a youtuber among all musicians. And you have the studio, the tools, friends and connections in the industry… To me, you are so well prepared… I wish I knew 2% of what you know about music… My question is, (and is not a sarcasm or a joke,)….. Why aren't you making hit songs and are a famous artist or musician like Bruce Springsteen, Bruno Mars, Bob Dylan, Madonna or any of the others known for every body worldwide?. What is it that they have that you don't?.. To me you are so complete… I can not think of anything missing… Would be nice to know.

  3. I thought in the Beatles' ong A Day in the Life, the bass goes down under the B minor chord, to F#. So that you get a great scale in the bass: G-F#- E- D-C – B -A… no?

  4. Cornell was great too. Soundgarden, Audioslave, Carry On, Temple of the Dog I had a lot of that on CD and/or cassette. All totally great fricking driving music! Nostalgia for all that stuff <Sigh>

  5. I would add Elvis Costello to that list of unique songwriters. Just saying. Listen to the entire lp of "Trust" and you can't help but wonder — "Where the hell does he get these ideas from?" I think just from inside his head.

  6. Playing keyboards I figured out what some of these guys were doing and I'm wondering is there a technical term for it. Kind of hard to describe but the bass notes are going up and down and the higher melody notes are mostly going up. But the bass notes are the opposite. It's like the bass note is lower when the melody note is higher and the bass note is higher when the melody note is lower and I notice that keyboard players did that A LOT and playing it for myself now I'm like, "Oh! That's what they were doing!" And is there a technical musical term for that? Sorry. Just wondering.

  7. The Shortcut:
    1) Do "grunt work" – stuff you hate to do, like scales, other boring practice exercises, or even non-music related stuff like taxes, oil change, etc.
    2) An incredible melody, plus three verses of lyrics, will come to you, "out of nowhere", when you least expect it
    3) (optional) You can analyze it afterwards, and see if it follows standard song-writing rules.😁

  8. Dude! Thanks for inspiring me to take the plunge. I am now the proud owner of my very own Yamaha PSR EW300! I just love playing the hell out of that thing! I haven't even discovered everything it can do and I'm totally in love with it. So far my favorite is the default organ voice. Animals, ELP, Van der Graaf. I'm thinking of all that stuff when I play. And all of these music theory videos and The Beato Book (I got already) and the Ear Training (got that too) I'm going to enjoy all of that soooo much more now that I got my own keyboard to apply that to. So thanks again. Greatest toy I EVER got for Christmas for damn sure! lol

  9. Rick, please excuse me if someone already hit this, but could the F chord have been thought of as an A-minor-flat 6 in the song? that would keep the key of G whole

  10. I really like the sound of the 6th on major chords, I think Paul McCartney uses it a lot, particularly, in mull of kintyre. It really adds to that homey feel of the song.

  11. That echoing was the local on/off switch on the keyboard being on in the MIDI setting. So you had double notes hitting… but you already know this by now. 😉

  12. I accept the general point about the 6th andrealise it’s not a vocal melody but the bo rhap piano Melody before ‘Mama just killed a man’ uses a 6th on a major chord. Works beautifully.

  13. What if you're doing noise rock and just rocking the 6th and not trying to write pop songs? Like 4 bars of the 6th and then resolve…. It's like headbang cringe for a few bars then headbang hell yeah!!!! I know you're talking pop, but there are times when off notes or cringe notes really work in non-pop music.

  14. I've followed you for some time now and your book is more important to my project. My question is will your book reduce the skip rate and is it okay to lead a song with a bridge before the verse?

  15. 'No 6th on a major chord? Hold our beers!' ~YEAH! (G )YEAH! (F#) YEAH! (E) YEEEEEAH! (G Maj 6 = GBDE)~

    According to Rick's collegue Alan Pollack: 'the repetitious insistence of the yeah-yeah-yeah motif (melodically descending G -> F# -> E) enables the G6 chord to sound
    flawlessly logical. In the refrain section, that motif always repeats three times in a row, each time over different chords: e minor, A Major, and then C -> G Major. The note 'E' is a perfectly legitimate member of the first two chords. By that point, the melodic pattern is sufficiently well established for you to accept it over the G chord even though it doesn't belong there, strictly speaking.
    In the final result, that E sitting on top of the G triad serves no structural musical purpose other than to give sensuous delight. Think of it as a spice as opposed to a nutrient. You might also want to think of it fancifully as if it were the I and vi chords superimposed upon each other; i.e. the Major home key melded with its relative minor.'

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