Songwriting Series 1.1: Chord progression



In this songwriting video series, we will write songs together in Hookpad from start to finish. In this first installment, we’ll be writing a “sultry saxophone” song that will be used in a short film.

Part 1: Chord progression
Part 2: Melody (http://youtu.be/esr1JVqnxa0)
Part 3: Arranging in Hookpad (http://youtu.be/B7BlfSrGYz8)
Part 4: Recording, and Mixing in Logic Pro X (http://youtu.be/6SNh4ZjIoiw)

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18 thoughts on “Songwriting Series 1.1: Chord progression

  • July 3, 2020 at 10:40 pm
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    Lost me 3/4 the way through. Cmaj7 is my favorite though. As I am currently learning music theory, I will understand better soon.

  • July 3, 2020 at 10:40 pm
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    This is a very interesting look into Ryan's thought process, as he composes a song, but it isn't really a basic instructional video for someone coming newly to Hookpad. The use of seven chords and borrowed notes from alternate modes, is really intermediate material that deserves its own video. 
    I love Hookpad, but this video has only just started to make sense to me after many months because of the higher level theory. .

  • July 3, 2020 at 10:40 pm
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    What the heck is 0.9 of a minute? have you got a decimal time scheme? It's 54 seconds ! And parts of a second are called 'parsecs'.

  • July 3, 2020 at 10:40 pm
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    I have another problem – On the left-top side of the interface it depicts I’m within the HookPad+ app – yet when I attempt to edit the instruments or save, a message activates to advise that I require the HookPad+ app???

    I’ve paid for a years activation of HookPad+. Also, I select the band button, but there is no mention of a Piano Full Chords option.

  • July 3, 2020 at 10:40 pm
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    Just joined Hookpad+ for the quickness of creating progressions. How does one change the chord rhythm – I would prefer to select a simple rhythm – because it is a real pain converting the rhythm to something I want in the DAW – defeats the purpose of why I joined.

  • July 3, 2020 at 10:40 pm
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    Question about finding the Eb maj7 chord: must it be approached from the "borrow(ed) chord" perspective (in this case, borrowing from the third degree of the minor scale), or is the perspective forced and decided for you due to Hookpad's design philosophy, because it does not (at least in this version that you showed) allow entry/selection of any named chord? Same goes for the next example of borrowing from the Phrygian mode to settle on the Eb7 chord. This is not meant as a criticism for Hookpad (I learned that you may have added new features in the new version) but is an honest question, because I am just starting to understand non-diatonic chords better, and I wonder what the most direct and helpful perspective in eventually choosing Eb7 would be, if the thought/creative process does not involve using Hookpad. By the way, I'm a big fan already having just discovered Hookpad for two days. Thanks you guys for creating it.

  • July 3, 2020 at 10:40 pm
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    can smdby explain chromatic mediant in this way?

  • July 3, 2020 at 10:40 pm
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    Surprised and disappointed that the page that links to hookpad requires flash. This is 2017 and it was already obsolete in 2015. But there are plenty of alternatives on iOS so it's not a complete loss. Other than that great video! Liked and subscribed!

  • July 3, 2020 at 10:40 pm
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    This is very cool. So basically this program allows you to write a good song even if you're not a musician? I don't know anything about music theory and I can't play the piano, but I have a very good ear. I think I could write some good music using this software.

  • July 3, 2020 at 10:40 pm
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    This is great to get a tour of the software as well as your creative process in the bargain! When you export the MIDI, does it maintain the dynamic playing demonstrated when you preview chords, or is it the basic chord held for the given number of beats? Thanks!

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