Write Your Own Instrumental Tune!
Write Your Own Instrumental Tune! with Lily Lyons
If you love playing in old-time, bluegrass, or celtic styles and are curious about how write your own tunes, then this class is perfect for you. You’ll learn the fundamentals of crafting a unique yet stylistically accurate melody on your instrument, and discover ways to generate original chord progressions. Through exploring composition techniques, improvisation exercises, and real-life repertoire, you’ll gain the confidence to not just play but also write! Topics we will cover include:
- Creating melodies in major and minor
- Using pentatonic and blues scales in your tunes
- Recognizing basic chord progressions and finding ways to vary them
- Writing in modes (including Dorian and Mixolydian)
- Harnessing the power of patterns, repetition, and variation in melody writing
This is also a great class for developing your performing and playing solo skills, as you will be playing the tunes you write for your peers!
Prerequisites: No previous experience with writing your own music necessary, all instruments and styles welcome.
Recommended: Basic ability to play chords and keep a groove on your instrument. Comfort with picking or bowing melodies from common old time or celtic repertoire is encouraged.
Goal: By the end of the 8 weeks, you will create 2 complete original instrumental tunes.
Contact: Instructor Lily Lyons can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for further questions
Lily Lyons is a Louisville-based songwriter, producer, and violinist. Since graduating Berklee College of Music with a bachelor’s degree in songwriting & performance, she has been selected as an Americana honorable-mention winner in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition. Her lush, poetic songs can be heard on cuts by Twisted Pine and Varsha Vinn, and in Daniel Martin Moore’s upcoming Kentucky conservation benefit album.