For some songwriters, coming up with chords is the hardest part of the process. So in this video I’m going to show you how to come up with as many songs as you like by using four magic chords.
The reason these chords work so well is because you can put them in any order and they still sound good. This will work in any key as well.
These are in the key of G Major
Root (or 1st): G, B, D
4th chord: C, E, G
5th chord: D, F#, A
Minor 6th chord: E, G, B
Welcome to video 3 in my Songwriting Tutorial Series. The last two videos were all about how to create a map for your song before you start to make the songwriting process easier, and I showed you how to come up with some ideas for your song even if you have zero inspiration.
This video is all about chords. I’m going to show you how you can make a whole heap of different songs using just four chords so even if you can only play an instrument a little bit, this video is definitely going to help you out.
There are so many songs – really popular ones that only have three chords. There’s this super funny video buy this Australian comedy group calle Axis of Awesome and they do this cool meddley of a bunch of smash hit pop songs that use the same four chords – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pidokakU4I
For this video our first chord is going to be our root chord; so if our song is in the key of G this chord will be G B D = a major triad.
You can use this chord for ages and you’re probably going to want to end with this chord too because the ear likes to come back to something that resolves. Its a nice happy place to be, the root chord is ‘home base’.
Next we want to go to first base so we’re going to move up to the 4th chord = C, E G.
From here, you can you can go back to home base OR you can move onto second base, the 5th chord of the scale = D, F#, A. From here you can shuffle things around and move back to the 4th chord or you can go home to the root chord.
Most of the time after you’ve hit second base, you want to go home because your ear will want to resolve the tension that you have created within the song.
Finally our fourth chord is the minor 6th chord of the G major scale = E G B and we’ll use this chord in our Bridge to mix things up and keep it interesting.
Now you have your four chords you can play around with them, sing some melody lines over the top and try out different rhythms. Four chords is all you need to create many, many different songs.
So have fun and play around with the order you place your chords in – they all work together really well and you can jumble these chords up and they will still sound good.
In the next video, I’ll show you how to easily add some lyrics to your song.