Good friend, manic composer, and musically big brained Frank Horvat joined us to talk all about key modulations, with three example songs. We talked about:
- the difference between borrowing chords and modulation
- chromatic alteration, where a single semi-tone difference can change the contour of your chord progression
- referring to the circle of fifths to see modulation that are close or far from your base key signature
- using pivot chords to bridge the gap between key signatures
- key modulation between different sections of a song vs.
Songwriter, composer, and music teacher Frank Horvat joined us to talk about scales, the different kinds and colours of chords, and using chords as a palette for your songwriting.
- Intervals (2 notes) and triads (chords with 3 notes)
- Major and minor triads and their different tonal colours
- The hardly-ever-used diminished (or seven) chord
- The Nashville chord numbering system
- The tonic (I) and dominant (V) chord relationship
- A typical blues chord progression (I-IV-I-V-IV-I)
- Chord extensions (7th’s and 9th’s)
- Writing from the head vs.
Frank dropped by Song Talk Radio again, this time with songs from his recent release, Strange Machine. We talked about:
- using wikiloops for free backing tracks
- unconventional time signatures, and unusual uses of 4/4
- the differences between art songs and pop songs
- a modern twist on the protest song
- Frank’s experimental writing process using Logic
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About Frank Horvat
With a Broken Social Scene-like attitude, Toronto’s ambient-edged art rock band, The Frank Horvat Band, uses a colourful canvas to create songs for a dynamic and intoxicating aural experience.…
Frank talks about his song “Waiting…in 3 chords” – namely, Am, G and F.…
The question of the perfect fifth has been simmering in my mind for some time now. It started when we started investigating chord substitutions on Song Talk Radio in 2016. For that show, I looked at the Circle of Fifths as a great tool for making chord choices when writing a song.…
Our very own Neel talks about creating non-standard time-signature based EDM music. Past guest and composer Frank Horvat co-hosted while Neel’s better half, Hema handled the social media.
Some stuff we talked about:
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Famous songs with odd time signatures
For a special Father’s Day episode, we invited father and son Allister Bradley and Sean Bertram to share their experiences working on music together and independently. Friend of the show Dave Miner filled in for Neel – thanks Dave!
We talked about:
- Sean starting out with piano lessons, Guitar Hero and Rockband
- Allister finding the balance between helping his son and keeping out of Sean’s journey as a songwriter and artist
- The role of music teachers and how to find the right one
- Starting a song with the bassline
- Sean’s song Holes
- Key modulating in your bridge
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Download the lyrics for I’m No Good for You and Still Wild…