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Re: help with acoustic blues...composition
4/27/2005 6:47 PM
Steve Cass (14763) wrote:
How's it going? First of all, I see you have a Taylor Koa. Nice. I'm a Taylor man, too with a 714ce. I love the way they play and look.
About songwriting. You know, it would really be helpful for you to get into understanding how songs are written--at least in this case the structure of how blues songs are written. Just learn to dissect parts of songs and listen for what they do. Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with the Keb' Mo' tune. I do love playing the blues, though. No doubt about it.
So spend some time with understanding basic progressions like the 12-bar blues. Know that the basic 12-bar blues has the progression of the I chord for four bars, the IV chord for two bars, the I chord for two bars, the V chord for two bars, and then the I chord for one bar, then the V chord for one bar.
There are different timing variations and chord substitutions on this theme, but there are thousands of songs written in the 12-bar format. Especially the blues, but many rock and ballad songs follow this pattern type. Maybe a song will hang on to the V chord for the last four bars of the 12-bar progression, for example.
Just lend your ear to your favorite recordings and begin writing down when you hear chord changes and during what measure--or if you're not use to hearing how long measures last, just listen for how many beats there are in between chord changes. You'll figure it out. Writing popular music is very symmetrical, mathematically speaking (usually). There always seems to be an even number of things, or things come in pairs, etc.
There's quite alot of literature on the subject. You might actually search the lessons here at WN. Put in '12 bar blues' or something similar.
All the best today,