Workshop: "Help! I Keep Using the Same 4 Chords and I Can't Get Up"

For young adult to adult musicians and songwriters: classroom program, workshop or residency

One of the most common songwriting ruts is to begin recycling variations of the same I-IV-V chord structure most common and comfortable to the Western ear. This workshop uses some elementary applied music theory based on the simple Major Scale to help find exciting new musical avenues for your creativity.

Learn how to add new colors, textures and diversity to your songwriting through techniques like moving bass lines, added grace notes, reaching for unusual chord changes, and following some of your instruments natural inclinations. Some elementary chord and scale theory will be taught but prior knowledge can't hurt. Circle of Fifths will be taught and used.


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Tour Dates

  • 12/22/2017
    Twin Oaks Tavern Winery - Bluemont, VA
  • 12/31/2017
    Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling - Sterling, VA
  • 01/06/2018
    Redwood Run House Concerts - Philomont, VA
  • 01/07/2018
    Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley - Stephens City, VA
  • 01/13/2018
    Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick - Frederick, MD



Andrew is a grateful Endorsing Artist for Elixir Strings and Fairbuilt Guitars, and a member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Artist Roster. He also is a member of The Standing "O" Project and Concerts in Your Home.

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