If you are a beginner musician trying to learn how to play guitar without a teacher then you have two choices when it comes to learning. You can either learn by playing songs you like or you can learn music theory and reading sheet music. For me the answer is obvious – you should learn…
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 transcribed the vocal melodies of three classic one chord songs: Get Up Stand Up, Spanish Moon and Papa Was a Rollin' Stone. There are commonalities in all three songs. First, they all use either a minor triad or minor 7th chord. Also, they base the vocal melodies around the tones in the chord. I have the sheet music for the vocals for all 3 songs with some quality notes.
This article is geared towards the guitarist or musician interested in playing and \ or writing music in time signatures other than 4/4 common time. I have 117 song examples of time signatures from rock, country, folk and other genres in 5 commonly seen time signatures other than common time. I also have song examples with odd time signatures and polyrhythms.
The strophic form, or AAA song form, is interesting in its simplicity and ability to tell a story. It is commonly seen in folk and country music, as well as in ballads, Christmas carols, religious hymns. I cover the defining features of the AAA song form, list examples and have notes on how to write a song in this form.
I created a guitar string "bend map" for my Larrivee acoustic guitar to know how far I can bend each one of my guitar strings. The map shows where I can only bend a 1/4 step all the way up to 1-1/2 step bend. It takes some time, but you should build a bend map for your guitar(s).