Suspended chords add a nice change to the usual 7th or minor 7th chords. I cover the dominant 7th suspended chord for G and the common extensions: G7sus, G9sus, and G13sus. There are 4 different major scales that build a G7sus chord, as well as 1 scale degree from the harmonic minor and 2 from the melodic minor.
This article brings together the chords possible from the 3 minor scales: natural, harmonic and melodic minor. I covered the chords built from the D harmonic and D melodic minor scales in previous articles. In this article, I analyze 28 songs that use only one of those scales, 2 of them or all 3 together, and end with tips on writing a song in a minor key.
The melodic minor scale is the preferred minor scale with jazz musicians, and they are mainly the only musicians who use the scale. There are 73 chords that can be built from the D melodic minor scale which offers a lot of options if you want to use the scale to write a song. I cover all the chords and reduce the 73 chords to a handful you want to use in your song.
I cover the harmonic minor scale in this article and list all the chords that can be built from the D harmonic minor scale. There are 52 chord names that can be built from the harmonic minor scale, though you won't need most of them. I list all the chords from the D harmonic minor scale with a suggested chord list that you can use to write a song in D harmonic minor.
In this article, I analyze the vocal melody for 4 different two chord songs: Fire on the Mountain by the Grateful Dead, Something in the Way by Nirvana, Break on Through by The Doors, and Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters. The two chords used in each song varies so you can see 4 examples of how to write your own two-chord song.
I cover over 70 music symbols, their meanings and how to use what they represent in your improvisation and songwriting. For example, if you are not aware of time signatures, then all your originals are probably in common time. In this article, I explain the symbols associated with guitar technique, time & rhythm, dynamics, ornamentation, percussive embellishments, chords, directions and general symbols used in music notation.