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GCSE Songwriting For All

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David Ledger

on 2 November 2012

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GCSE Songwriting 10) Bring It All Together! - An Understanding of Basic Song Structure

- An understanding of Roman Numerals and key signatures for chord identification

- Basic guitar or keyboard skills


- Familiarity with basic midi programming in Garageband

- Basic Recording device to capture ideas i.e. iDevice, Voice Recorder, Computer

- Resources to write down ideas i.e. iDevice / exercise book / diary Getting a strong title can give the creative process much more direction. 1) Get a Good Title

- Mood: Is the song going to be Happy or Sad?

(Major or Minor)

- Tempo: Will the song be.....

Thoughtful? Contemplative? Energetic? Aggressive?

(Fast, Slow or something in between) 2) Set The Mood I ii ii IV V vi vii

REMEMBER: Lower case is Minor.
(SAD) Upper case is Major. (HAPPY) 3) Choose 3
Roman Numerals How do all the sections work with each other?
Does the song fit with your theme?
Do any sections need rearranging or tweaking? 4) Choose Your Instrument + Key Choose a simple key to start with.

For Example:

- C on Piano / Garageband.

- G or E on Guitar 5) Create A Chord Progression - Does it sound like a verse, chorus, pre-chorus or bridge?

- Does it give a sense of resolution, building tension, or creating atmosphere? 6) EITHER Write lyrics to accompany your chord progression
(Mind mapping keywords can be helpful)


Create a melody to accompany your chord progression
(Humming can be useful!)

REMEMBER: What is your song about? Stick to the theme. 7) Complete the Rest of Point 6 (On completion should now have both a melody and lyrics to work with) You will NEED the
following: GCSE MUSIC For this next term, your assignment is to write a song.... Where to start??!!! I have NO idea what to write... Which chords should I use?!? INTRODUCING (For Everybody) Key Of C

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
I ii iii IV V vi vii
C D E F G A B Key Of G

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
I ii iii IV V vi vii
G A B C D E F# 8) Bring your Melody and Lyrics Together! Do the syllables fit? Do the chords, melody and lyrics work together? (ie happy lyrics with happy melody)Do they fit your original theme? 9) Complete Steps 3 - 8 for the remaining song sections CONGRATULATIONS!!! The foundations of your Song are now in place!

You should now be ready to start arranging your piece. Using the Numerals you have just selected, work out which chords they correspond with in your chosen key and play through them. Key Of E

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
I ii iii IV V vi vii
E F# G# A B C# D# GCSE Songwriting For Everybody Presented by David Ledger and Alice Wride If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact:

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