Write Your Own Instrumental Tune!

Lily Lyons

Write Your Own Instrumental Tune!

$ 180.00

Write Your Own Instrumental Tune! with Lily Lyons

This class will meet online - you will receive a Zoom invitation in the orientation email upon registering for the class.  

If you love playing folk music and are curious about how to 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 make original chord progressions. Through exploring composition techniques, improvisation exercises, and real-life tunes, you’ll gain the confidence to not just play but also write! Topics we will cover include:

  • Creating melodies in major and minor
  • Recognizing and using common chord progressions
  • Learning new chords and progressions that will open up your options when you write
  • Using pentatonic and blues patterns in your tunes
  • Exploring what makes a great and catchy tune melody
  • Writing instrumental licks and hooks for songs with vocals 
  • Writing in modes (including Dorian and Mixolydian)

This is also a great class for developing your playing skills, as you will be playing the tunes you write for your peers!

Prerequisites: No previous experience with writing your own music is necessary. All instruments and styles are welcome. 

Recommended: Basic ability to play chords and keep a groove on your instrument. Comfort with playing, picking, or bowing melodies from simple old time or celtic tunes 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 lily@louisvillefolkschool.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.