Coursera - Songwriting with Pat Pattison
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Genre: Songwriting | Language: English
Part of the "Modern Musician" Specialization
Learn an efficient, effective process for writing songs that express your ideas and emotions, including a range of tools that revolve around the concept of prosody-the matching of lyrics and music to support your underlying message.
About the Course
ThereŠŐ» a songwriter lurking somewhere inside you, peeking around corners, wondering if itŠŐ» safe to come out. Now it is. This course is an invitation to let your inner songwriter step into the sunlight. All it takes is a simple ŠÉÜes?and youŠŐúl be climbing that windy hill, marveling at the view.
If you havenŠŐ░ written any or many songs, this course will show you an efficient, effective process for tailoring songs to express your ideas and emotions. If you have, youŠŐúl look at your process differently, taking control of aspects of the process you may have not noticed.
The course will start by examining the tools available to you, all revolving around the essential concept of prosody. YouŠŐúl learn to use your tools to enhance your message-to work compositionally at the same time youŠŐ«e developing your ideas.
YouŠŐúl be working both lyrically and musically, though musically itŠŐ» not necessary that you either read music or play an instrument. If you play, great, and youŠŐúl be encouraged to play and record your musical responses to the assignments. If you donŠŐ░ play, the course offers you a number of musical loops to work with. All youŠŐúl have to do is sing your melodies over the loops.
Assignments will ask you to post something for peer review-sometimes lyric lines or sections, sometimes melodies, sometimes both. None of it has to be polished. The course is about writing, not performing.
Most important, youŠŐúl have a lot of fun.
Lesson 1: The Journey of the Song
By the end of this lesson, you will see how to develop your song idea so it creates an interesting journey from start to finish. YouŠŐúl understand your options developing the point of view of your song and will be introduced to the songwriterŠŐ» six best friends.
Lesson 2: Stopping and Going
By the end of this lesson, you will understand the concept of prosody as it relates to the number of lines/musical phrases in a section and to line lengths/musical phrases, the school crossing guards of your song. YouŠŐúl create both stable and unstable line/musical groupings, using an odd or even number of lines and musical phrases. Using these tools, youŠŐúl write a verse and chorus.
Lesson 3: Sonic GPS-Mapping Your Song with Rhyme
By the end of this lesson, you will understand the relationship of rhyme schemes to prosody. YouŠŐúl create both stable and unstable sections, using various rhyme schemes to show your ear the way to go home. Using these tools, youŠŐúl write a new verse and chorus.
Lesson 4: Making It Move
By the end of this lesson, you will understand language rhythms-the difference between stressed and unstressed syllables and how to put rhythm in your lines, preparing them to join into the dance with musical rhythm. Using these tools, youŠŐúl put last weekŠŐ» verse and chorus to music.
Lesson 5: Writing the Song
In this lesson, youŠŐúl select a new song title and create a worksheet to help develop your ideas. YouŠŐúl write your lyric and set it to music, matching your lyric rhythms to melodic rhythms. YouŠŐúl create a melody, using stable and unstable notes to support your ideas.
Lesson 6: Crossing the Finished Line
By the end of this lesson, you will understand the role of phrasing to create the body language of your song, using the relationship of your phrases to musical downbeats to create stability or instability. Then youŠŐúl put the finishing touches on your song from lesson 5.
No prior songwriting or musical experience is necessary.
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