Set words to rhythm using the concepts of metre and scansion.
Identify the ingredients of an effective melody.
Describe the different chord types and progressions used in popular songs.
Explain the most commonly used song forms and structures.
Explore how songs can develop when different lines and instruments are added to the accompaniment.
Combine these fundamental musical elements to come up with a song of your own.
Ever wanted to write a song, but not known how?
This course will introduce you to the tools and techniques you need to write your first song.
Each week, using specially-commissioned lyrics, we’ll build up a song and encourage you to do the same. World-renowned musician, Martin Simpson, will use the same words and techniques and we’ll check in with him each week for inspiration and guidance on the songwriting process.
We’ll also talk to experts in music and psychology as well as established musicians and songwriters to find out what makes a song successful.
Setting words to music
Time and pitch
Working with melody
Chords and chord progressions
Arranging your song
Whether you’re a complete novice who has never written a song in their life, a budding amateur looking to develop further skills or an accomplished professional brushing up on the basics, this course will deliver comprehensive practical and theoretical knowledge to help set you on your path.
While it will be useful to have access to a musical instrument this is not a requirement, you can participate in the course just using your voice or with freely available music software.