If you’re stuck in a rut where the same chords seem to forever pop up under your fingers every time you pick up a guitar, here’s a little curve ball for you: retune your guitar to DADGAD and see what horizons this new tuning opens up for you!
To learn more about DADGAD, see this link
This song idea came when the opening line came to me:
I know this girl who never smiled
I guess her skin was on too tight
Imagine that Jack Johnson commissioned you to write his next song.
If you are not familiar with Jack Johnson’s music, listen to it here.
While I won’t discourage you to use the instrument you usually use to write, you may want to dust off that ukulele!
Here’s a chord structure with which I played the other day:
Am – C – Bm – Em
Use it for your verses. You can use whatever structure you wish for your chorus and bridge, if you decide to have them.
For this exercise, your goal is to write a song where the islands – be they tropical, the British Isles or any other island that strikes your fancy – play a central role, almost as if they were a full-fledged character in a story… feel free to post a comment to this post with a link to your song!