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#496701 - 04/26/07 01:11 PM Three Chords and a Chorus  
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because we all want to know how to write a big hit song.
http://recordingforums.com/artist-pages-2/old-dans-music/three-chords-and-a-chorus/

Three Chords and a Chorus
by Dan Monk

If you want to try and write a big hit song
you can't make it over three minutes long.
Get them to hum to the melody
with a hook they'll be singing eternally.

Three chords and a chorus
is all you really need
three chords and a chorus
yessiree

gotta get to the hook in thirty seconds or less
if you want the man to be impressed.
If the vocals are clear and the chorus takes off
they won't be able to get enough

Three chords and a chorus
is all you really need
three chords and a chorus
yessiree

You can write sweet songs of love
explore the human tragedy.
but if you break the rules
you'll never be on MTV

Three chords and a chorus
is all you really need
three chords and a chorus
yessiree

These aren't all the rules to a big hit song,
I think they make em up as you go along.
Ya gotta play their game and jump thru their hoops
if you wanna be a star and that's no poop.

three chords and a chorus
are all you really need
three chords and a chorus
will make the young girls scream
three chords and a chorus
yessiree


#496778 - 04/26/07 06:22 PM Re: Three Chords and a Chorus [Re: Dan Monk]  
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"You can write sweet songs of love
explore the human tragedy.
but if you break the rules
you'll never be on MTV"

Now ain't that the truth! smile

Enjoyed it very much - great sound too, especially on the vocal. smile

Dan smile

#496830 - 04/26/07 09:53 PM Re: Three Chords and a Chorus [Re: Dan Monk]  
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Dan,

You had me smiling throughout the whole tune. One of those songs that you wonder why no one wrote it long ago. Very instructive as well smile . What a fun tune!

Clint

#496888 - 04/26/07 11:30 PM Re: Three Chords and a Chorus [Re: Clint Anglin]  
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Hi Dan..

Fun song. The melody and sound brought me back to "Where the Action Is". Don't know why, but it did. Must have been hidden memories about Paul Revere and the Raiders.

"Thanks for the memories"

Rick

#496974 - 04/27/07 03:48 AM Re: Three Chords and a Chorus [Re: Dan Monk]  
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Thanks Dan, Clint and Rick. It was fun to do and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Now if you only follow all the rules in the song you will never have a hit either. grin

Thanks again [Linked Image]

#497354 - 04/28/07 09:39 AM Re: Three Chords and a Chorus [Re: Dan Monk]  
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Fun tune. The ending is the best part...

Peace,

Ian


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#498336 - 04/30/07 09:57 PM Re: Three Chords and a Chorus [Re: Ian Ferrin]  
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Originally Posted by Ian Ferrin
Fun tune. The ending is the best part...

Peace,

Ian


A lot of folks have told the best part of my songs are when they are over............... smile [Linked Image] Seriously, thanks a bunch. It was a fun tune to do. smile

#500725 - 05/06/07 09:50 PM Re: Three Chords and a Chorus [Re: Dan Monk]  
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great song. I loved the part about mtv.

janice green

#500953 - 05/07/07 12:57 PM Re: Three Chords and a Chorus [Re: janice green]  
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Originally Posted by janice green
great song. I loved the part about mtv.

janice green

Thanks Janice, glad you liked it.[Linked Image]

#501030 - 05/07/07 04:18 PM Re: Three Chords and a Chorus [Re: Dan Monk]  
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Dan Monk....You're song gave me hope.....that's all I use 3 chords in mostly every song....lol....I think Willie said 3 chords and a good story....I don't care if I get to MTV....lol...they throw me out of there.....neat little "ditty"....Bob

#501032 - 05/07/07 04:21 PM Re: Three Chords and a Chorus [Re: Robert Pickens]  
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Dan...

Like your song! Sometimes, all it takes is 3 chords and a chorus. A lot of money has been made with that theory! Best to ya!

Al


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