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Songwriting? Use A Recognized Formula And Make A Valid Musical Statement - By John Rhodes
SONGWRITING TECHNIQUES. Grunge type bands(Nirvana etc) generate compatible chords by modulating between Major and Minor.


Which Major and which Minor?

Well it's not obvious.

I've transcribed over 30,000 tracks to get here.

Lets manipulate the modes using a formula.

A common Grunge formula modulates between G Major and G Natural Minor(VI Mode of Bb Major)

or any Major key to a Natural Minor Mode of the same name

lets take the 3 major chords from G Major (G C & D)

and the 3 major chords from G Natural Minor(Bb Major)(Bb Eb & F)

here's the science

You must use G as the first chord. ok. Then use the other major chords(C D Bb Eb or F)in any order.The result is instant.You become King of Grunge! ||G / C / | F / Bb / || Check out my Instant Nirvana page. It's got a progression generator for this formula.

Ok It's not big enough for a song. sure! Let's add tweak it. Continue using those major chords, till you fancy a change. The next chord you use that's not G C D Bb Eb or F, is your new beginning. Lets say you choose E. We will take the three major chords from E Major (E A & B) and mix them in any order, after we play E, with the three major chords from E Natural Minor( G Major) (G C & D) we get this: ||E / C / | G / A B ||

These ideas seem to generate every Grunge type song.

randomly choose each key
randomly choose the time spent in each key( how many bars)
use the same Major to Natural Minor mode formula based on the first new chord
There are more Songwriting Techniques to explore at my site.

Hi John Rhodes here from
Let me help you become King of Chords. Benefit from my experience. I've transcribed over 30,000 songs and still counting. I've analyzed them too, for my private students. You can access some of the strategies I've recognized in use over the years, and download lots of free pdfs for chords and scales at my site. When you sign up for my ezine, you get 4 mp3 tracks to help your soloing, find out about how the 5 golden rules of bass lines help you transcribe and access to "chords progression of the month" an analysis of the chords, scales and construction of a classic track. Thanks


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