Songwriting: form and function

Course Dates: 13/07/21 - 10/08/21
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Online
Develop your ability to make songs through practical exercises. In these online sessions we will examine well known songs from pop, rock and jazz in order to understand their chord progressions, accompaniment, bass lines and rhythm. Ideal for players and singers with a good working knowledge of harmony.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £66.00

Course Code: ME893A

Tue, eve, 13 Jul - 10 Aug '21

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Develop your songwriting skills through active listening, discussion, musical demonstration and practical exercises. This course is suitable for singers and instrumentalists keen to build confidence and expertise in writing songs and setting lyrics to music.
Tutor: David Harrison [external website].

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Song structure
Chord sequences and harmonic analysis
Effective key changes
Rhythm and tempo
Accompaniment techniques
Texture and mood
Tricks of the trade.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Enjoy a deeper understanding of the technical process
Create solid, effective chord sequences
Demonstrate an understanding of song form and structural devices
Demonstrate an increased understanding of accompaniment techniques.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Students should have a decent grasp of music theory including triads and 7th chords.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Musical demonstration and analysis by the tutor, discussion and practical musical tasks. Students may be set to work in pairs. Assignments will be set after each session.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Music materials, and resources will be supplied in the google classroom. You may need to play your instrument during the sessions.

David Harrison

David Harrison studied at Oxford Brookes university before taking a post-graduate diploma in saxophone performance at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. David has been teaching at City Lit since 1994. In 2004 he wrote a guitar player’s guide for Collins and joined Music Sales in 2005 to update the famous A Tune A Day tutor series, eventually producing over 40 titles as series editor of the relaunched A New Tune A Day books, which has since become the biggest-selling music tutor series worldwide. Since 2010, David has worked freelance writing, editing and producing mainly educational titles, including Abracadabra Beginning Theory (Collins Music); The Complete Ukulele Player (Music Sales) and most recently the Bob Dylan Complete (Hal Leonard), the authorised collection of every Dylan song, together with an extensive introduction covering Dylan’s acoustic guitar technique, his song-writing and Dylan’s place in the American folk music revival. Aside from his guitar and saxophone classes, David runs a course in song writing. a series of talks on the music of The Beatles, and a series on the songs of Bob Dylan’s 1960s albums.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.