Organizing Sound – The Songwriting Blog

An esoteric chart you too can understand

An esoteric chart you too can understand

Over the past year, I’ve periodically updated a songwriting blog called “Organizing Sound”. I’m working on a practically-oriented guide to songwriting that teaches music theory by getting you to write songs rather than memorize arcane facts.

A simplified work-in-progress version is available on the blog in the form of the Practical Chord Progression series. If you can play first position chords and know some simple strum patterns, you have enough background to follow the series. And before you know it, you’ll understand exactly what this chart means and how it can help you write music.

I encourage readers to send in songs they’ve written by following the exercises. I’ll put the song up in the Reader Submissions section and link to your music site if you have one.

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