To make a good sounding and interesting melody, you have to carefully choose how each note moves to the next note after it, and how every note relates to those around it. The same concept is used for harmony. Because a song is typically made up of more than one chord, in order to make the harmonic motion sound good and interesting, you need to relate each chord to the one before and after it. This is where a chord progression comes in. Chords can have two notes these are called intervals or dyads , three notes these are called triads , or four or more notes usually called seventh chords or extended chords.
How to Write Strong Chord Progressions for Your Guitar Songs
Although rock grew up pretty quickly, getting more and more complicated in the process, its formative years were largely defined by simple chord structures: the I-IV-V jump blues progression that practically defined the genre in the '50s, and also the slightly more complicated doo-wop progression which threw a minor into the mix. But there are a few songs, rare in Western pop music , that made it to Top 40 radio using only two chords and somehow not boring everyone to tears. See how many you can play! Don't understand any of that? Don't worry.
How do you write a song? What are the components of a song? What do you need to know? These are all good questions and I hope to answer them in this lesson.
Composing your own piano music is a great skill to have. A lot of beginning piano students may not feel that they have enough knowledge and skills to write their own piece of music, but most of that is just "stage fright", and it is much easier than you think. First, let's look at the 2 main parts of music that you need to know about to start composing your first piece. A Melody is easy to understand. It's what you hum to yourself usually with one of your favorite songs on the radio.