Tony Elenburg

VIDEO LESSONS

THE 5 ELEMENTS OF A SONG

After 30+ years of instruction and collaboration, Tony has condensed the art of songwriting into 5 elements that every great song requires: Idea, Melody, Lyrics, Chord Progression, and Continuity. Watch Tony’s trailers covering each of the 5 key elements below, then subscribe to Teachable to gain access to his full collection of video lesson plans.

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1 : IDEA

The inspiration for the song; how to recognize THE moment! How to capture and manage the idea!

  • Inspiration – What is the big idea you want to leave with the listener?
  • Literal or Abstract – Is the idea literal? Is it intentionally abstract?
  • The Hook – Different approaches to writing the idea.
  • Idea People – When ideas are your strength.
  • Genre – Projecting/casting the likely audience.
  • Capture the Idea – The Importance of seizing the moment!
  • Managing Your Ideas – Keeping record of your creativity.

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2 : MELODY

The importance of melody; writing pretty melody vs complimentary melody; melody’s historic role in longevity!

  • Pretty Melody – Isn’t pretty melody always appropriate?
  • Complimentary Melody – When melody is not the primary focus of the song.
  • The Longevity Factor – Melody’s historic role in a songs longevity.
  • The Value of Dissecting a Song – The deep dive into the pieces of the song.
  • When Melody is Done Well…

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3 : LYRIC

The power of words, learn to love words; what is “rhythm of lyric”; what is trite lyric, why tense is important.

  • Learn to love words! Learn the economy of words!
  • What is the role of our thoughts in lyric?
  • How long should it take to write a song?
  • Learn to “wrestle” with words.
  • How does the discipline of songwriting apply to abstract lyric or trite lyric?
  • Honoring tense… a common mistake.
  • Rhyme Schemes. Is Poetry lyric?

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4 : CHORD PROGRESSION

Learning to navigate chord progression, regardless of musical proficiency; understanding chord progression basics.

  • Learn the Circle of Fifths and Circle of Fourths
  • How to read basic key and time signatures
  • Mnemonic Devices
  • Intro to the Number System
  • Harmonics and Inversions
  • Practical application into songwriting

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5 : CONTINUITY

Learn to recognize continuity; how to correct a lack of continuity; layered elements of songwriting vs filtered elements of songwriting.

  • Learn to recognize continuity (or lack of)
  • How to identify and correct issues of continuity
  • How to employ continuity
  • Learn the strategy of song structure
  • The use of tension to promote continuity

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