5-day music theory songwriting warm-up challenge

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  • @leepat  Jan 2019

    Hey everyone,
    who wants to warm up for February and learn or brush up some music theory?
    I've got a 5-day music theory songwriting challenge in mind for next week.
    Theory experts are welcome too. We can use your wisdom. And there will be something for everyone.

    Flash FAQ:
    Why 5 days? So you can rest before the next challenge.
    Why music? Because no lyrics. One challenge at a time.
    Why theory? Because abstract ideas. No flow will be harm'ed. No previous knowledge required.
    Why songwriting? Because no music reading. Strictly for songwriters.
    Why challenge? Because theory is nothing without practice (but it can help enhance it).

    I'm thinking of doing this by email and in a dedicated Facebook group.
    If you're interested, shoot me an email: andthebygones@gmail.com


  • @roddy  Jan 2019

    Sounds intriguing. I'll send you an email.

  • @leepat  Jan 2019

    OK, people in the FAWM group on Facebook are interested, so we'll do this.

    Here's a tentative program for the week but feel free to tell me if you want to cover anything specific:

    Day 0 - Basics first - intervals and the major scale (absolute beginners)
    Day 1 - Chords first - use the 7 chords in a major key to write 3 progressions
    Day 2 - Melody first - types of notes and how to use them (to write 3 melodies)
    Day 3 - Groove first - counting to 3 and 4 and subdivision, make your own beat(s - 3 of them)
    Day 4 - Chorus first - structure and what it means for the musical elements of the previous days
    Day 5 - Finally a song - 3 principles to help you put everything together

    We'll use the FBK group One Minute Song for discussions and sharing if you want to join, but I'll send the core stuff by email, so don't forget to send me a quick message!

    Looking forward to meeting ya!

  • @sbs2018 Jan 2019

    I’ll join ya’ll here - not FB.

  • @leepat  Jan 2019

    @sbs2018 cool,
    just sent out Day 0. Feel free to ask any questions.

  • @madeline Jan 2019

    Just sent you an email @leepat.😀

  • @leepat  Jan 2019

    @madeline got it.
    you're on!

  • @pcob1993  Jan 2019

    I'd love to hear from you, anything to further the craft and art.
    thank you

  • @leepat  Jan 2019

    @pcob1993 Thanks for the interest, just sent through Day 0 and Day 1.

    Day 1 is about writing your own chord progressions. Check it out here https://youtu.be/ON6hMTO28xo

  • @leepat  Jan 2019

    and Day 2 - https://youtu.be/gVnKGJVzVek
    write 3 melodies

  • @sbs2018 Jan 2019

    Nice videos! It’s mostly a review for me but the visual along with your side comments make it come alive.

  • @leepat  Jan 2019

    Thanks Kathy @sbs2018
    Here's Day 3 - make your own beat (or three) - https://youtu.be/Uszk8darATI

  • @leepat  Jan 2019

    and Day 4 - time to put everything together in a song

  • @tunecat Feb 2019

    Nest year perhaps. Just listening to make ur joy. Fab!

  • @jmadison  Mar 6

    I wasn't able to do this before FAWM started. I'd like to try it now. I started with the day 1 video, and I'm already lost. Is there a link to day 0?

    Here's where I got lost: Counting to 5,and counting to 3. I'm a guitar player, so I can't just skip the black keys. I see how he counted to 5, but what happens if he starts at C#, or D, or D#, E, F? When do you skip frets? Why? When he counts to 5, that's 8 frets on my guitar. When he counts to 3, that's 5 frets on my guitar. (If I'm doing this right.)

    Yes, this is an absolute beginner question. I really don't know a thing about music theory.

  • @leepat  Mar 6

    hi @jmadison - i'll try to put up a website soon so you can go through this at your own pace, but for now just send me an email at andthebygones at gmail dot com and I'll send you the lessons one by one.

  • @leepat  Mar 6

    the answer you're looking for is really in Day 0.

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