An actual songwriting lesson. To learn and not apply is not to learn.
Objective: To write an entire harmonic piece in the key of E Major.
Skill Level: From beginner to intermediate level. Even advanced players may find something useful in this lesson.
Optional Outro or Chorus extension
The chords in the key of E Major can be used to sound bright and happy but can also be darkened by using the minor chords of the key. Heres a tip. You can start the intro with a C# minor progression or even a simple chord, drop down to the B and go into the verse.
You can do this with the melody as well. You can do this for any key and any song you already know or you can even use a cover song and make it your own.
I’ll leave you with 2 quotes that inspired me today.
Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string. - Pele
I am the Great White Buffalo and I play an American made Gibson guitar that can blow your head clean off at 100 paces. - Ted Nugent