Hi everyone Luke David’s here. Welcome to week 4 of the songwriting series I hope you guys are enjoying these videos so far and finding some helpful pointers that you can apply to your own songwriting If you have any specific questions or things you’d like me to cover in upcoming videos. Please. Let me know in the comments below Last week we took a look at the second of the five key elements groove and covered its three main factors If you haven’t had a chance to watch that video yet. Be sure to go back and watch it I’ll put the link in the description this week. We’re going to cover the third key element chord progression Now this is one of my favorite parts of songwriting. I love pulling from all different influences to flavor my chord aggressions The let’s recap real quick the chord progression is simply the cause you use and the order you use them in and the goal of the chord progression is to Harmonically support the melody without getting in the way So your chords are like the support beams for the melody and although the chords play a supporting role They do have a big impact on the overall mood of your song So depending on your lyrical theme you’ll want to approach your chord writing a little differently if you’re looking for a brighter happier sound you’ll want to err on the side of more major chords and Sadder or darker sound you’ll want to use more minor chords then if you’re looking to put some edge into your chords You might be using some minor seven chords or some augmented chords, etc But if you’re a code freak, like I am it’s easy to get carried away here Generally, I see songwriters to fall into two main categories there are those songwriters who’ve been playing their main instrument for a long time and usually have a really good idea about music theory and Love experimenting with the more complex chords then on the other side of the spectrum are the writers who are either newer to the Instrument or they only really use it as a tool to write with They don’t necessarily have a great idea of music theory. They just know enough to get by Both groups have their pros and cons when it comes to chord writing For the cord freaks like me if you want to get crazy with your chord progressions. You’ll know exactly how to do it But this can sometimes lead to over complex your chord progression and getting in the way of the melody Anytime your chord progression is more intriguing than the melody and it’s drawing the attention away from it You know, it’s probably time to step back and do a little bit of tweaking or simplifying with your chords For the other group, you’ll likely never run into this problem Your melody is going to stay as the focal point for the listener, which is exactly what you want However, you may find that your songs all start to sound a little too similar If you’re using the same four or five basic chords in all of your songs So what we’re going to do today is cover a chord writing tool that can benefit in both groups It’s an approach to chord writing that can help mature the sound of your chord progression while still letting the melody have the main share of the listeners attention and The tool we’re going to use to do this is chord inversions So a chord inversion involves moving the notes of the chord around so that a different note is played as the root This is similar to slash chords which for guitar players. You may be familiar with this slash chord. We have onscreen c G or c g would mean that you play a c major chord with a g note in the bass So a c chord with a g on the bottom Chord inversions are similar to this but they allow you to get a little more specific. So let’s dive in We’re going to start with a simple c major chord in its root position so our notes from the bottom up will be c e and g Now in order to create our first chord inversion we’re going to take the root note Which is a C and move it up an octave, which will give us a C major first inversion So you can hear we’ve created a slightly different sounding chord using the same three notes Now to get to our second inversion, we’ll just repeat the process So we’ll take the root note, which is now an E and move it up an octave to give us a C major second inversion This is also the scene of a G soft chord, we went over just a moment ago. So let’s hear all three cores back-to-back So that’s three quite distinctly different sounds we got out of the same C major chord just by moving the root note around We didn’t have to add any sevenths or ninths. We didn’t have to diminish anything just a C major chord and it’s two inversions For call it with more notes like 7th chords, you’ll have more inversions to work with so more options to choose from now let’s play around with this idea a little and see how using chord inversions can make and otherwise very basic and common chord progression sound a little more unique So this is the chord progression. I’m going to be using C G F and G or one five four five. I start out by playing each chord in its root position and Then I’ll start to play around with some different inversions to make the chord progression a little more interesting You So as you can hear there’s quite a variety of things you can do with just a few basic chords by utilizing the power of chord inversions These are going to be easiest to implement on piano just because of the way it’s laid out But with just a little bit of focus you can figure these out on guitar as well This is a really useful tool to use if you have a very basic sounding chord progression that you want to spice up a little bit or if you have a progression that’s sounding a little too busy and You want to turn it down without becoming too simple? So that’s it for this week’s video Thank you guys so much for watching. Let me know how using chord inversions works for you Do you find it a helpful tool? Are they helping your chord writing at all? Let me know in the comments below next week We’re going to cover the fourth element melody and talk about a formula you can use to help achieve Maximum emotional impact with your melody writing. Thanks again for watching And if you liked this video, please feel free to like comment or share it with any other somewhere as you know I’ll see you guys next week. Bye