description and learning outcomes


You might have seen the videos on how hundreds of songs are written over the same chord progressions. And while there is nothing new to invent in terms of chords, you can learn how to support your song’s theme using various compositional elements or find unique chord progressions that fit your style and personality. For example, we’ll look at how to compose ‘happy’ and ‘sad’ songs in both, major and minor scales, how to create a mood change in the song, brighten up the minor’s mood or what tools you can use to emphasize the song’s title. And of course, we will also look at ‘hit formulas’ that the music industry has been (over)using for decades! This workshop will add value to your compositional skills whether you’re a beginner songwriter or you’ve been writing for a while but perhaps more instinctively rather than intentionally.  

Additional Benefits
Learning new tips and tricks is cool! But what’s even cooler is that by taking the Essential Songwriting Course, you will also get
– invaluable feedback from other songwriters
– to collaborate with others that will push the limits of your creativity beyond what you’re normally used to
– to expand your network of collaborators and contacts in the music world. Remember, your network is your net worth! 

For this workshop you need a basic understanding of chord progressions and how Roman numerals are used to represent chord names – e.g.: In the scale of “C”, “Cmaj” is a “I” chord, “Dmin” a “ii” chord, “F” a “IV” chord, etc…
You do not need to know how to read sheet music.


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"I find that my songwriting has gained more depth. Whereas before, I had a very simple approach to writing blues songs, now…there’s a lot more to it, which is quite unusual based on what I’ve done in the past. In that sense it opened up my eyes to being more complex within the blues genre. All the different techniques we’ve learned about the text or putting parts of your song together have served me well!
Absolutely top! I really enjoyed it and benefited from it as well!"

John Frick
John Frick Band