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
There抯 a songwriter lurking somewhere inside you, peeking around corners, wondering if it抯 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 搚es?and you抣l be climbing that windy hill, marveling at the view.
If you haven抰 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, you抣l 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. You抣l learn to use your tools to enhance your message-to work compositionally at the same time you抮e developing your ideas.
You抣l be working both lyrically and musically, though musically it抯 not necessary that you either read music or play an instrument. If you play, great, and you抣l be encouraged to play and record your musical responses to the assignments. If you don抰 play, the course offers you a number of musical loops to work with. All you抣l 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, you抣l 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. You抣l understand your options developing the point of view of your song and will be introduced to the songwriter抯 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. You抣l create both stable and unstable line/musical groupings, using an odd or even number of lines and musical phrases. Using these tools, you抣l 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. You抣l create both stable and unstable sections, using various rhyme schemes to show your ear the way to go home. Using these tools, you抣l 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, you抣l put last week抯 verse and chorus to music.
Lesson 5: Writing the Song
In this lesson, you抣l select a new song title and create a worksheet to help develop your ideas. You抣l write your lyric and set it to music, matching your lyric rhythms to melodic rhythms. You抣l 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 you抣l put the finishing touches on your song from lesson 5.
No prior songwriting or musical experience is necessary.
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