Do what makes you happy! Embrace this if you want to play a song you love, write your own songs, or simply inflict mental anguish upon yourself. The first few major chords are like the alphabet… if you want to play music, unfortunately, you have to force yourself into figuring them out first.
If you’re looking for some singing tips, drink warm water, and sing along with lyrics here!
Here are the notes for the treble, alto and bass clef. You can also figure them out with these balanzas! That means scales in Español, hombre! Remember that no sharps or flats exist between B C and E F.
Here are some modes and chromatic + diatonic scales with note review! Modes are pretty much the same thing as scales, but they are not the same thing.
The rest of this is for guitarists. If you want to play piano, go here!
Here are the…
Intro | the beginning of a song, usually instrumental
Verse | changing lyrics tell the story
Chorus | repeated lyrics and beat
Refrain | a verse mirroring a chorus, with the same line at the end of each phrase
Interlude | a rest in the lyrics, but not the music
Bridge | a change in the lyrics and music, a passage to the next part of the song
Elision | a section of song with two overlapping song structures (i.e. lyrics of the chorus over the intro)
Outro (Coda) | the end of a song or movement, usually instrumental
Here are a couple of my favorite websites for figuring out how to play songs. Ultimate guitar might be the most popular, but it’s usually inaccurate, with the exception of the complete guide to songs section.
Songsterr | Tabs and Chord Charts (free)
Jellynote | Sheet music (free but after signing up)
Put your chord skills to use with Mr. Sethares guide! | Alternative Tunings Guide
The Tallest Man on Earth, Sonic Youth, Jack White, Curtis Mayfield and Chris Rea are all artists who use alternative tunings. Click below for…