Songwriting 101: Lesson 3

Creating your base track!
0) Before you start: Please recap on the different sections that make a Pop Song:
Song structure.png
1) Choosing your main instrument & autoplay: Please watch the video below to see how to choose your main instrument. You are advised to choose the instruments from the Easy to use list, and to try out using the chords C - G - Am - F:
Smart instruments and autoplay to use.png
Once you have chosen, please start a new project file, write down your instrument and auto-play of choice in your google doc and proceed to the 2).

(If none of the autoplays suit your preference, you may also play manually (you will need to inform your music teacher first)). 
2) Creating the basic track for your song: Now that you have chosen the instrument and autoplay for your base track, it's time to create the base track! Follow this video to understand the steps needed:
These are the chords progressions you can use:

Ideal Intro/Verse/ Chorus chords (1)


I. C F G F


II. C F C F

III. C G F G

IV. C F C G

V. C F Dm G

VI. C Em F G

VII. C Am F G

VIII. C Dm C/E F

IX. C Am Dm G

X. C C/E F G

XI. C G/B Am G

XII. C G Am F

Ideal Intro/Verse/ Chorus chords (2)

 

I. Am Em F C

II. Am Em F G

III. Am Dm G C

IV. Am G F C

V. Am G F G

VI. Am F C C

VII. Am Em Am G

VIII. Am F C G

IX. Am G/B C  F

Ideal Pre-Chorus Chords

I. Dm G Dm G

II. F G F G

III. F G Am G/B

IV. Dm C/E F G

V. F C/E F G

C/E is created like this.

Please note:
  1. Each chord is usually held either across 1, 2 or 4 bars.
     
  2. The chord progressions work best as a whole, so please do not divide them.
     
  3. You can have more than 1 Chord progression per section.
     
  4. Verse 1's Chord Progression must be the same as Verse 2.
     
  5. Every chorus must have the same sequence of chords.

    **If you have any special idea that conflicts with the guidelines above, please check with your music teacher first before trying.**