Immediately, I found Murray to be a laid back and receptive partner, open to suggestion and filled with thoughtful and interesting ideas aimed at making the songs as strong as they could be. But by the time I finished the course, I had ventured into the scary realm of bar chords and even managed some finger picking. Murray taught me how to take my songs from that initial blast of inspiration to a complete package, something I have long struggled to do. Every class is the perfect mix of theory and hands-on experience, right from the very first week.
I would absolutely recommend this class to anyone looking to build their skills and confidence as a songwriter.
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Home Beginner Songwriting Class. Begin to add chords to your chorus melody. Try a simple, repeated chord pattern.
Play with the melody and chords until you find something you like. Just scroll down to the section on Chord Progressions. Choose a question to answer in your first verse. Make it one that will draw the listener into the situation. Go through Steps 4 — 6 with you verse lyric and melody. Connect your verse and chorus. After you have a verse and chorus create a transition between them. You may need to raise or lower your verse melody or change the last line to get to your chorus smoothly.
TIP: Chorus melodies are usually in a higher note range than verses. When we get emotional our voices tend to rise. Build your second verse and bridge.
Choose another of your questions to answer in Verse 2. Proceed through Steps 4 — 6. Your second chorus will have the same melody and lyric as your first chorus.
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You are now almost finished with your song. You just need to add a bridge.
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