How many chords make a song?

Musicians often talk about the “three chord trick”, also known as the primary triads – the first, fourth and fifth chords in a key. These are called tonic, subdominant and dominant, or written as I, IV and V. There is a saying amongst country musicians that all you need to write a song is “three chords and the truth”. But …

Double Sharps (and Flats)

I’ve noticed on Twitter that a lot of people find double sharps and double flats confusing or even frightening. Here are a couple of notable tweets: Why are double sharps even a thing???? JUST WRITE WHAT IT ACTUALLY IS and If double sharps and flats could not exist that’d be great Of course, I can sympathise …

McCartney on Music Teaching

In May 2016, Paul McCartney recorded an interview with the BBC for the Radio 4 programme Mastertapes. You can watch the interview at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03w2989 After the main interview, Sir Paul took a few questions from the audience, one of which was “How would you like music to be taught in schools?”. You can see his answer …