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Songwriting Theory Explained®

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20 Videos | Length: 2hr 45min 31sec
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Chapter 1 : Chord Patterns

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    Standard Chord Library

    Get a review of all the chord qualities that will be used as the building blocks for various chord progressions.

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    Strong Chord Progressions

    Learn how root movement and shared common tones can make a chord progression strong by suggesting a strong tonal center.

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    Strong & Weak Progressions

    See how weak chord progressions, where no tonal center is suggested, can be combined with strong chord progressions to provide contrast and excitement to a song.

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    Adding Color to Progressions

    Explore some ways of adding variety to simple progressions by using pedal tones, inversion, and harmonic displacement.

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    Passing Chords & Bass Movement

    See how using diatonic or chromatic bass movement, either ascending or descending, can generate some nice contour and shape to your overall chord progression.

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    Cadences & Precadences

    Explore some different harmonic patterns that are used as alternates to standard cadences.

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    Chord Progression Toolbox Pt. 1

    Develop a repertoire of standard “go to” chord progressions that are useful as jumping off points for your own compositions.

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    Chord Progression Toolbox Pt. 2

    Develop a repertoire of standard “go to” chord progressions that are useful as jumping off points for your own compositions.

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    Discover how simple repeated chord patterns have been used as the foundation for some of history’s most loved pop tunes.

Chapter 2 : Melody

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    Melody/Harmony Relationships

    Discover the unique qualities different chord or scale tones have over different types of underlying chords.

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    Melodic Rhythm & Meter

    See how the placement of melodic phrases in relation to the beats in the bar and the chord changes affects the overall sense of melodic structure and order.

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    Tips for Writing Melodies

    Discover some tried and proven principles to consider when writing your own melodies.

Chapter 3 : Song Structure

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    The Pre Chorus & Bridge

    See how a pre chorus and a bridge can be used to add variety and intensity to your song’s structure.

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    Form & Structure

    Learn about some of the many common song forms such as the ways of linking together the different song sections.

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    Explore some of the ways to integrate hooks into your songwriting and song production.

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    Intros & Endings

    Discover some harmonic possibilities for introductions and endings to your songs.

Chapter 4 : Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

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    Stimulate Your Creativity

    See how to experiment with some different exercises to stimulate new ideas and push you in directions you might not otherwise have gone in.

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    Explore some of the ways the creative process can be enhanced through collaboration with other musicians and signers.

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    Light a Candle & Write a Song

    Another example of how collaboration can lead to a wealth of creative ideas and directions not necessarily originally intended.

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    Cut Me to the Bone

    Watch as a song is born, complete with lyrics, a vocal and an instrumental hook, and some rawkin’ guitar!

Product Overview

Eli's back with another awesome music theory based series! In this collection Eli reveals the mechanics and creativeness behind modern songwriting. Learn popular chord sequences and cadences as well as analyze the chord progressions of some of the most famous songs ever written.

Eli starts by diving deep into the various chord patterns used to write songs, showing you strong and weak progressions, how to add color to your progressions, and gives you a chord progression toolbox which can be used as great starting points when creating a new song. Eli then shows you some chord patterns that have been used as the foundation for some of history's most loved pop tunes, and then covers the importance of melody, song structure, ways to get creative when writing and much more.

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Songwriting Theory Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 23 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is fantastic and provides great approaches & tools. I know Eli K's work from Logic videos - this Song writing video is of the same high quality and attention to detail. No complaints.
Date published: 2021-06-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Songwriting This a high quality intro of the course strait to the point. The information is very easy to grasp even for beginners. I defiantly going to purchase this song writing course.
Date published: 2021-04-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great content Very helpful tutorial, although I'm neing shown, that my knowledge of music theory needs an upgrade. Luckily I can find this in here as well. So after refreshing this, I may catch up better to that fast pace of information given to us. Great job, Eli, thx!!!
Date published: 2021-01-06
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Good content but soooo many typos The content is interesting and valuable but even as someone who doesn't care about typos all that much I got a little frustrated with them in this course. This just reflects poorly on the whole course as it feels like it was produced in a rush.
Date published: 2020-12-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Solid Information These are bite size videos with a clear topic and the examples make a lot of sense, but are new ideas you may not have thought of. Simple, direct, useful with enough variety to elevate.
Date published: 2020-05-26
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Nicely done A big help for something I've been struggling with for a long time. I.e. how do I get from a basic idea to a full blown song? A (semi-) pro will already know all this but for me as a hobbyist it's gold. This course is loaded with very usefull tips and nicely illustrated by examples. I would have liked to also have the the roman numerals for the chords in the sheet music (although they are all mentioned by the narrator). For me (not the strongest in reading sheet music) it would have been a little easier to see what's going on.
Date published: 2020-04-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good, clear course Exactly what I needed to give more depth to my writing - explains well why things that happen by trial-and-error can be repeated and planned. Many thanks.
Date published: 2019-12-31
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great series of videos! Very informative and helpful. The author has explained well and given good examples to back the explanation. Thank you, Groove3!
Date published: 2019-12-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome, all Theory I learned makes now sense ! This course gives you what it say's - Music theory for songwriters and it's very helpful to learn the technical terms and use them practically and gain more confidence with music theory Great examples at the end to stimulate your creative juices, bravo, thumbs up and thank you !
Date published: 2019-12-05
Date published: 2019-09-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Simple, subject focused and helpful Great mentor. All modules are brilliantly explained in layman terms for anyone to easily understand. Composition comparisons and explanations are very helpful. This even helps a person who has little basic music knowledge to become a composer by showcasing the creativity. Bloody marvellous. I am buying this product.
Date published: 2019-09-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Difficult Subject made easy to understand. No other person could teach me the fundamentals and give so much inspiration to me that easily. A true mentor at work. Thanks for this series!
Date published: 2018-12-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good stuff Great explanations of basics.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Nice work This helped me out a lot.. learned quite a bit from these videos.. top videos
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Chordal menu of options In music theory class in college, this information was supposed to be consumed through osmosis. This series of 'lessons' spells it all out crystal clearly.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from What I Needed I just started to study music recently. I'm 20 years old and never really practiced music as a child. I always loved music but, never had the opportunity to play an instrument till now. At my local junior college i'm taking a music fundamentals class that has taught me a lot. I have ambitions to become a producer and am using ableton. When I create music, I always have a hard time transitioning the form. Watching these videos definitely gave me a better understanding.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from From Progressions to Melody to a Complete Song Very direct explanation on music theory including templates for bridge, intros, endings and other useful recipes for writing complete songs.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Just what i needed I am a music production graduate from full sail university and even with the great job they did, i was still lost on a few things like melody vs lyrics. I am still a little but you really helped. Can you come up with a tutorial that focuses on placing lyrics over a melody so they don't sound out of key?
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Theory Explained!! It's so basic and also so theoretically fundamental. Really great Stuff!
Date published: 2016-10-03
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Basic Primer of Songwriting This video series exposes one to the vocabulary of songwriting. You learn the mechanics and even get some creative exercises.
Date published: 2016-09-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from And the Winner is: You. If Eli Krantzberg authored it you can almost bet it's great. This has a lot of great information but the rest is up to you. You need to have a grasp of Music Theory first. And Eli has a course on that too.
Date published: 2016-06-28
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Incorrect notations too hard to get past It is very off-putting that the music in the examples is not played as notated. Dotted half notes followed by quarter note rests are sounded as whole notes; quarter notes followed by quarter note rests are sounded as half notes. That would be so confusing if I wasn't already musically educated. Your synth does not recognize rests apparently. Hard to trust a source for new information when the teacher does not seem to have a grasp on simple music notations (rests are silent!) Or simply cannot make his synthesizer pause for rests which is pretty sad, too. Tried to leave a comment but the disqus third party comment system is a pretty sad joke. If you don't want comments you should remove the comment section.
Date published: 2016-06-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent, Easy to Understand Instruction This video course is excellent and easy to understand, the author explains everything in great detail with easy to follow examples. Even if you have no prior understanding of music theory you will have no problem following this course and if you are experienced there are many things that will give you great ideas.
Date published: 2016-02-17
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