NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION 4#: I WILL LEARN SOME GUITAR CHORDS

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION 4#: I WILL LEARN SOME GUITAR CHORDS

I’ll bet most of you have had this new year’s resolution since you were 12… or even younger.

One day I will sit down and learn how to play the guitar. Or at least some chords…. the first few bits of Come as you are… and definitely Stairway to Heaven.

And 2020 is just as good a time as any to make good on the deal.

The good news is that, unlike when most of us were 12,  we now have that wonderful thing called YouTube  – with literally thousands of videos to help us learn the basics.  And there are links to some of the good ones below.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up a guitar and start strumming.

And you can even check out our simple music and songwriting lessons online for free.  

Learn how to get started.

And learn how to structure it.

How chords work together to make a tune

It’s a lot easier than you think.

TRY OUR FREE SONG-WRITING AND MUSIC LESSONS WITH AUSSIE ICON FRED SMITH

We have collaborated with Australian music icon Fred Smith to create a free seven lesson course to help you create great song words, and matching music, to bring your song to life.

Fred covers the essentials of how to create a song – and finishes the course with two practical examples based on breaking down his creative process – for his two songs Dust of Uruzgan and Taliban Fighting Man.

Click on the link below to register for our free music and songwriting course.

https://www.soldiersongs.net.au/course/

And check out this link to a past blog on resources to learn basic guitar:

GREAT GUITAR LESSON FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

And this one too:

Thirteen million views – must be good!

 

Why write a song?

That’s a very personal question. It can simply be for fun, full stop. For some, it’s a way of expressing what they feel, but can’t speak about. Sometimes the words will pour out of you, other times, you might stare at a blank page for an hour. Sometimes, you’ll hear a melody in your head while in aisle five at the grocery store, or perhaps while driving, you will see something that reminds you of an event that happened a long time ago, but changed your life forever. For better or worse.

For many people, there are things that we can’t get out of our head…that’s a good starting point, let’s get that thing, those words, out of our head and down on paper, just write them all down faster than you have ever written…now rearrange them into some order, maybe finding a rhyme or two where you can. Now strum two or three chords on that old guitar you haven’t touched in years, or that new guitar you just bought, or that secondhand one you just scored a bargain on.

It feels good…dare we say…therapeutic. Sure we dare to say that, even though it has got four syllables! It feels good to understand and it feels amazing to feel understood. That’s what songwriting can do.

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