Writing a Complete Song in a Minor Key (Part 1) - Chord Progression

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In this video, I demonstrate writing chord progressions for a complete song structure.


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๐Ÿ•› Video Content Outline

0:00 - Song demo
0:54 - About this video
1:37 - Step 1: Map chord options
2:45 - Step 1.1: Triads on the 6th string
5:42 - Step 1.2: Triads on the 5th string
7:42 - Step 1.3: Seventh chords on the 6th string
9:50 - Step 1.4: Seventh chords on the 5th string
10:54 - Step 1.5: Triads through the circle of 4ths
13:40 - Step 1.6: Seventh chords through the circle of 4ths
15:58 - Step 1.7: Improvise with chords
18:11 - Step 2: List song form
19:48 - Step 3: Write chords for sections
20:16 - Verse
21:41 - Pre Chorus
29:01 - Chorus
30:39 - Bridge
32:10 - Intro
33:18 - Recap
34:36 - Full song demonstration
36:42 - Chord learning resource & what's next


๐Ÿ”— Links & Lessons Mentioned

๐ŸŽธ Part 2 of this series
๐ŸŽธ Chords of the harmonic minor scale
๐ŸŽธ Chords of the minor scale
๐ŸŽธ Orchestrating strumming
๐ŸŽธ Functional harmony
๐ŸŽธ Chromatic chords and secondary dominants
๐ŸŽธ 9, 11, 13 Chords
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๐Ÿ’ฌ Lesson Description

In this video, I explain how to write a song on guitar in a minor key.

This video is part one of a two-part series that I have planned.

In part one, we create a song form and write chord progressions for each section.

In part two (coming next week), we’ll finish the song by writing melodies for lead guitar and vocals.

My process in this lesson has four steps:

  1. Map out chord options
  2. Create a song form
  3. Write chord progressions
  4. Play through the song form

We go through a bunch of exercises to help you understand all the options to choose from when writing chord progressions.

You can also learn to use some chords that are outside of the key!

At the end, I play the chords with drums and bass to give you a sense of how the complete song is going to sound.

I hope you enjoy this lesson about how to write a song on guitar!

Let me know what you thought in the comments.

Thanks! :)

- Jared


๐ŸŽจ Diagrams From This Lesson


Triads on the 6th String


Triads on the 5th String


Seventh Chords on the 6th String

Seventh Chords on the 5th String


Triads Through the Circle of Fourths


Seventh Chords Through the Circle of Fourths

Song Form






Pre Chorus





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