Songwriting is a creative process, but there are still key guidelines and formulas that ALL of
the great songs and songwriters follow. Songwriting on Guitar covers all of these essential
musical rules in layman's language, but Songwriting on Guitar is so much more than a
'textbook' approach to songwriting; it's an immersive, contextual and highly creative process
that you play and compose your way through. No tedious theory or boring exercises to work
through here. In fact, you will likely create hundreds of your own motifs and song ideas as
you journey through Songwriting on Guitar.
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There are dozens and dozens of musical and physical characteristics that make the guitar THE
ideal instrument to compose songs with. Songwriting on Guitar reveals a truckload of
'guitaristic' tricks-of-the-trade that every guitar-playing songwriter should know.
Songwriting On Guitar is bundled with Chord Cookbook giving you over sixteen hours (yes, 16 hours!) of
demonstrations, playing examples and on- screen-charts to guide your creative and technical growth as a songwriter.
There are few instructors walking the planet today that can assimilate, document, organize and
then present a curriculum as robust and insightful as this one. Dutch recording artist and top
European guitar educator, Matthieu Brandt, invested several years researching and compiling
the curriculum for Songwriting on Guitar and its companion, Chord Cookbook. Brandt, who also
authored TrueFire's highly popular Jump Blues and Slap, Frail and Thump courses, is considered
one of the most thorough, creative and insightful educators in the biz and he's clearly
delivered his Sistine Chapel with this course of study.
Brandt has constructed the curriculum in an interactive manner so that you can 'play' and
compose your way through the course as you cover key topics like:
How to use harmonic devices to craft the atmosphere of your song
How to shape your melodies with melodic contours using closed and open phrases
How to create strong and memorable hooks
How to organize your song sections and hooks with AB and ABAC formulas
How to use repetition and contrast in your songs
How, when and why to use symmetric and asymmetric shapes
The conscious placement of important chords in your composition
How to support your lyrics with solid melodies using regular speech patterns
How to use the capo as a creative tool in your writing process
Those are the song-crafting topics that you'll work through in Songwriting on Guitar. But there's
much more; Brandt's entire Chord Cookbook course, included in this bundle, adds another 8 hours of
video instruction on chord flavors, systems and tricks for composing songs.
"It's no secret that hundreds, perhaps even thousands of hit songs, were inspired by a cool
chord voicing or vamp. And so I've also included my entire Chord Cookbook curriculum in this
course as the second section."
Chord Cookbook explores several of the most powerful polyphonic wonders of the guitar – chord
systems, flavors and applications. The creative resource and firepower of Chord Cookbook will
feed you flurries of ideas for vamps, original songs and arrangements.
Chord Cookbook presents and organizes chord systems and applications to train your ear and
teach you the how, why, what and when for purposes of performance, accompaniment, composition
and arrangement applications.
You'll likely grow accustomed to referencing Chord Cookbook frequently (although this course
is NOT a chord dictionary). Chord Cookbook guides your selection and application of chords to
'flavor' the songs you play, arrange and write. You will explore 35 categories of chord
systems and flavors with performance examples, breakdowns, theoretical analysis and an
extensive compendium of reference charts and related information.
You'll learn how to apply open position chords up the neck, barre chords without the barre,
closed voicings, pedal tones in chord progressions, counterpoint, contrary motion and melodic
movement, inversions, triads, power chord triads and ways to expand them, quartal harmony and
dozens of other approaches. You'll also learn to classify chords by their 'flavor' to make it
easier to recognize chords used by your favorite artists.
All of the performance examples are notated and tabbed. Plus, chord diagrams are superimposed
on the screen in sync with all 35 performance examples. Practice rhythm tracks are also
included so that you can practice the examples and create your own flavors and compositions.
The 100-page PDF reference manual supplements Chord Cookbook with chord grids, tab, standard
notation and formulas for all 35 categories of chords and also includes a set of harmonic and
melodic tricks that you can use to extend the chords and create chord progressions.
Here your chapter list for the Chord Cookbook section of the course:
Open Position Chords
4 Note Open Position Chords
Dom7 Sus4 Chords
Sus4 and Sus2 Chords
Add9 and Add11 Chords
Dom7 Chords in Blues
Dom7 Chords on the 1st Degree
Dom7 Chords with an Altered 5th
Add or Remove a Finger
Building Chords out of Triads
Triads: 2nd, 3rd and 4th String
Triads: 3rd, 4th and 5th String
Expanding Triads: Sus4 and Sus2
Expanding Triads: Maj7 and Dom7
Expanding Triads: Min7
Power Chord Based Triads
Move Up The Neck
Bar Chords Without A Bar
Open A Pedal Point
Open D Pedal Point
Alternative Pedal Points
Close Chord Voicings
Complex Slash Chords
Chords by Music Style
Adding Melody To Chords
Adding Melody To Finger Style
A Word about Chord Grips
Motion of Bass and Melody
Movement Within a Chord
Harmony: The Basics
Harmony: 4 Note Chords
Adding Chords To A Maj Key
The VII chord
Adding Chords From the Min Key
Chords In Minor Keys
Alternative Chords in a Min Key
Stacks of Fourths
Stacks of Fourths and Fifths
All in all, 'Songwriting on Guitar with Chord Cookbook' is the most comprehensive, guitar-
centric songwriting course ever published. You'll have at your fingertips, 16 hours of video
instruction, 100 pages of reference charts, hundreds of playing examples, and all of the
technical and creative insight you'll need to write a lifetime's worth of original songs –
perhaps even that big #1 hit!