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A big thanks to The Songwriter’s Association Of Canada for making me their guest blogger recently! I get by with a little help from my friends, since I’ve missed a couple months of posting here. That article was about mapping out a song lyrically. Here’s a companion piece about mapping out a song musically.

How To Find The Chords In Any Song

1. Use the instrument of your choice to figure out what key it’s in. Listen to the recording and write down the melody, by letter name, phrase by phrase, section by section (i.e., verse, chorus, bridge). The note the melody ends on at the end of the song is usually the key you’re in. However, it could be a major key or a minor key.

2. Build a major scale on the ending melody note (tonic). Decide if the melody notes of the vocal fit in that scale…

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