Live Lesson Challenge #3 – (12/14/2018)
December 14, 2018 at 3:09 pm #23618
This Week’s challenge is a little different. Instead of setting particular chords, we picked a chord pattern, but the key and what chords you use are all up to you. The chord pattern is ii, V, I, so you can choose a key like C, and the chords would be Dm, G, and C. Or if you picked the key of G, the pattern would be Am, D, G. If you’re not sure what chords you can use for what key, take a look at this printout:
You just take the second note of the Major Scale, make it a minor chord; take the 5th note, and make it a Major Chord; then take the 1st note and make it a Major Chord. So you can use any of the keys and chords, but they have to be in that order. You can also use other chords from the key that you choose, but we want to see ii, V, I used at least a little. If you want to know what other chords you can use, check out the Circle of Fifths printout:
and this video on how to use it:
I’d also be happy to help anyone figure out what chords they can use. Just leave a reply asking for help. Maybe some of the other Thursday Live Lesson regulars might help too.
The submissions to the challenges have all been awesome, but you definitely don’t need to write lyrics or come up with a complex picking. We would be happy to see someone strumming chords. If it’s your first try at writing a song, we’d love to see it. We just want you guys to have fun writing music.
For those of you up to the challenge, the bonuses this week are augmented chords, lyrics, and doing a song in 4/4 with one measure of 2/4. Last week, both Marc and Daniel rose to the challenge, and wrote their songs in 3/4, or had parts of their songs in 3/4. They were both great, but if you’re like me, you’ll be sticking to the bare bone requirements.
Like always the deadline for the challenge is in two week on December 27th, and we can’t wait to see what you guys come up with.
P.S. Check out the past submission to see some great songs:December 15, 2018 at 9:23 am #23630reneeforsytheMember
I am in the Key of C, so does that mean my song has to have Dm,G, and C in that exact order? at least once? Can I change the G to a G7 and still follow the rules, or is that changing the progression?
Between moving through lessons, creating fan art and now song writing, UU keeps me VERY busy. 😉
December 17, 2018 at 1:08 pm #23636
- This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by reneeforsythe.
you’re totally right, and you can change the G to a G7. It actually makes C an even better resolution. I don’t know if that’s what you were going for, but great job.
We are looking for the ii, V, I progression at least once, but feel free to add anything else you want to it. You could make the progression one part of the song like a verse and use different chords for a chorus or bridge Like this,
Dm G7 C
Dm G7 C
Am F C G
Am F C G
Or you can add to the beginning or end of the progression. I was thinking of doing something like ii, V, I, iii, vi, so in C it would be Dm, G, C, Em, Am. Since it still has that Dm, G, C, I think it should be ok. These are just examples, so you can do whatever you want, and whatever sounds good to you.
Looking forward to what you come up with. Now I have to get back to work on my own song! Wish me luck!
-KahaiDecember 27, 2018 at 10:07 am #23702
We were super ambitious this time and it did not come together like we had hoped. I really wanted to make a Hawaiian style song but with the holidays we just got so busy that I wasn’t able to teach my wife the chord progression. I think in a week or so we will re-upload the completed version. This song is suppose to be about our relationship. The song starts with a pretty conventional happy verse and then transitions to a more melancholy verse before coming back to the original happy verse. The title of this song was inspired by Spider-man. My idea for the solo will be to use the major mixolydian scale for the key of G in the happy parts and then use the japanese Yo scale for the melancholy parts. I like the Yo scale because it doesn’t use the 3rd or the 7th which makes the scale sound kind of floaty where home could be G or it could even fit rather nicely on the fourth, C. Hopefully, we’ll have the solo uploaded sometime next week.
MarcDecember 29, 2018 at 9:16 am #23732Alan FasickMember
I decided to use my baritone guitalelle for this one. I was inspired by “Circle Song” by Keoki Kahumoku. I thought it would be interesting to try a ii, V, I vamp instead of the usual II, V, I vamp in Hawaiian music — having just gone over the idea of using minor chords instead of major chords during my last slack key lesson. I tried it with the V chord too, but it didn’t fit this song — works better in a song line Sanoe where you can make the IV or V chord a iv or v chord instead.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy it — still a little rough in a couple of places since I just wrote it, but I wanted to get it recorded before I forget (happens all too often when I come up with something while noodling).
AlanDecember 31, 2018 at 11:30 am #23735
Hey Marc and Alan,
great job with the songs. I’m looking forward to the completed version of your song Marc, and Alan, we joke around that Aldrine should make an album for Hawaii airports, but I think they would actually play your song in Hawaii airports. You guys both did some pretty interesting things with your songs. I better step up my game!
I also wanted to post Aldrine’s and Aaron’s songs for anyone who’s just checking out the challenge for the first time.
I didn’t get my song done by the “deadline,” but I should have something by this week. Fingers crossed! This challenge was hard with the timing of the Holidays, but if anyone still wants to post their songs, we’re always happy to see what you guys come up with.
-KahaiJanuary 2, 2019 at 9:56 pm #23741ourmaninjapanMember
So glad there was a deadline extension for this challenge! Thanks to that, I was able to write a quick song about my recent travel experience. I was lucky enough to fly business class (woohoo!) but was disappointed to see some passengers leaving negative reviews for really minor reasons, despite the privilege of sitting at the front of the plane. I used some of those real review comments to write this song. I recommend switching on captions to see the lyrics, as my voice is a bit quiet.
I also “borrowed” the Bb7 -> Gm chord change from Aaron’s song, so credit to him.January 3, 2019 at 12:18 pm #23747reneeforsytheMember
The week got away from me and I never got my song recorded, I did write it and work it out, though. Did I correctly hear the contest has been extended?? I could get it done tomorrow!
RenéeJanuary 3, 2019 at 3:04 pm #23748
it feels like the whole month got away from me. I think it would be ok if you submitted by tomorrow. We’re just exited to see people try the challenge. We’ll probably be announcing the winner or “winners” next week. Can’t wait to see what you can came up with.
-KahaiJanuary 7, 2019 at 8:26 pm #23778
Can you post your song for this challenge? I really liked it. It reminded me of the title track for the movie Your Name!
MarcJanuary 8, 2019 at 9:20 am #23780
sorry, I forgot. Here’s my song.
I ended up calling it Breath of the Abyss because I was trying to do something like Breath of the Wild, and ended up doing a song like this from the anime, Made in Abyss:
I kind of laughed when I saw your post because I wasn’t even thinking about Sparkle, but it does sound similar with the piano playing arpeggios. I was worried that I was using arpeggios too much, but I guess everyone does it.
While I was working on the song, I kept watching this video, and taking inspiration from it:
I knew about 8 bit Music Theory, but I probably wouldn’t have watched his videos if you didn’t post them for your Tea Time song. I started watching him and Sideways because you posted their videos in the forum. They are now some of my favorite music theory analyst on youtube. Talking about your Tea Time song, when I first heard it, I instantly started thinking about harmonies, and what I would play along with you and Priya. If I had extra time, I was going to ask you if I could use your video, and add on to it. I would still love to give it a shot if it’s ok with you.
I’m so glad you’re doing the challenges and are watching the Live Lesson. Sometimes, I have hesitations about the songs I come up with because of their genres, but I feel a little better knowing you’ll listen to them, and probably get what I was trying to go for.
-KahaiJanuary 8, 2019 at 5:43 pm #23782
Priya and I would love to see what you could do with our song! I really wanted to push myself and add lots of harmonies on the last challenge but it was a little overwhelming. I look forward to looking back on these challenges a year from now and seeing how my wife and I have grown. I really like the 8-bit videos too. I feel like I learn something new everytime I watch them.
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