5-day music theory songwriting warm-up challenge
@leepat Jan 10
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.
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: email@example.com
@roddy Jan 10
Sounds intriguing. I'll send you an email.
@leepat Jan 11
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 11
I’ll join ya’ll here - not FB.
@pcob1993 Jan 14
I'd love to hear from you, anything to further the craft and art.
@sbs2018 Jan 15
Nice videos! It’s mostly a review for me but the visual along with your side comments make it come alive.
@tunecat 6 weeks
Nest year perhaps. Just listening to make ur joy. Fab!
@jmadison 2 weeks
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 2 weeks
the answer you're looking for is really in Day 0.