– My primary instrument when
I write songs is my guitar, and I wanna talk about how
to write songs on the guitar and what things I almost
always do, and how I do them. More of this after– ♪ If I could hear my father’s voice ♪ ♪ He would tell me to move on ♪ ♪ He would say our biggest find ♪ ♪ Yeah, he would tell me we have time ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ I’m thinking about you ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ I’m wishing that you knew ♪ – Hey friends, I’m Anders and welcome to music note revolution. I’m constantly thinking about
music and how to write songs. I have always been fascinated how to build a song and write melodies. Leave a comment below and
subscribe if you haven’t yet. The first thing to do is to learn chords to play on the guitar. When I started, I found an old songbook with a song called Tom Dooley. (upbeat piano music) Tom Dooley is a North Carolina folk song based on the 1866 murder of a woman named Lara Foster. The Kingston Trio had an
hit with Tom Dooley in 1958. I played Tom Dooley over and
over and over and over again. I guess my family was
quite sick of Tom Dooley before I learnt another song. But to learn a song with only
two chords isn’t a bad idea if you want to write songs on the guitar. You might wonder if other songwriters use just two chords, and they do. Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles, Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen, and Fallin’ by Alicia Keys,
just to mention a few. We stick to D major and A major, and start writing with those chords. But you need to know what notes
the D major scale contains. D, E, F sharp, G, A, B, and C sharp. Those are the notes in D major scale. And we don’t complicate it more than that. Our goal is to do a better
song than Tom Dooley. We take the same chords
and make them our own. When it comes to chords, it’s okay to have the same
progression as other songs. We start with the melody, and
when it comes to the refrain, I wanna have as many root notes possible. The root note of D major scale is D. You might wonder why we
should use as many root notes possible in the refrain. Think about it as you come
home after a long day. I don’t know if that
makes sense but, yeah. Anyway, our home is our
refrain, and I wanna have as much energy possible in it. Mostly I start with
the chorus of the song. And if we could have a great
melody, we can reuse some of it in the verse for recognition. I wanna build up the melody from a break and take it to the D note. It’s all about coming home. We stop on the chord A. This is the melody without any chords. (guitar music) If we break the song on the A,
we can lead up to the D note, and in that way, we can build
up more energy in the chorus. A build-up to the refrain
with a B, C sharp, and D, and then I continue with
an E and an F sharp. And if we listen to it,
it sounds like this. (guitar music) This is one way to start
writing songs on a guitar. Then you should add lyrics and vocals and all that fun parts. I hope this can help you get started with your song writing on your guitar. Leave a comment below and subscribe, and ring the bell if you haven’t yet. Until next time, have a
great songwriting time. ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ I’m thinking about you ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ I’m wishing that you knew ♪