Andrew’s Highlights

The Power of the Power Chord

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Here’s some fun and interesting ways to incorporate Power Chords into your guitar practice. Also some quick lessons on some popular songs. I hope you enjoy!

Therapeutic Songwriting Feature : “A Winning Hand”

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Two months ago, I met a patient the ICU dealing with complications from his chemotherapy treatment. He welcomed me and Music Therapy with open arms, and as we developed a strong rapport he shared with me some lyrics to an unfinished song he started when he was 19 years old. It was his wish that we finish the song to bring his life experience full circle. He had recently received news that his diagnosis was terminal, so he decided to plan for his inevitable goodbye by composing a song with me to memorialize his life’s journey.

When we finished his song, “A Winning Hand”, it was the patient’s wish to share the song via the internet so that it could potentially “inspire people and bring them comfort if they could relate to the song’s message”. It was a supreme honor to meet and know this patient for a short time, and I am pleased to share this song with all of you. Happy Holidays!

A Winning Hand

Creedence Clearwater Revival – difficulty (easy)

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Hello fellow therapists! Today I’m highlighting a very popular and potentially therapeutic song for a wide variety of age ranges and therapy settings. The lyrics are ripe for meaningful discussion/analysis, the mood of the song is happy – but the tempo can be comfortably manipulated to enhance relaxation. Overall – a very versatile, easy-to-learn song that you and your patients can enjoy!

Here is a YouTube link for audio accompaniment: John Fogerty – Have You Ever Seen The Rain

“Have You Ever Seen the Rain” – By Creedence Clearwater Revivial

C (I)
Someone told me long ago

there’s a calm before the storm
G (V) C (I)
I know, it’s been coming for sometime
C (I)
when it’s over so they say, it’ll rain a sunny day
G (V) C7 (V/IV)
and I know, shinin’ down like water


F (IV) G (V)
I wanna know
C (I) G (V) Am (vi)
Have you ever seen the rain
F (VI) G (V)
I wanna know
C (I) G (V) Am (vi)
Have you ever seen the rain
F (VI) G (V) C (I)
coming down on a sunny day

2nd Verse (same chords as 1st verse)

Yesterday and days before
sun is cold and rain is hard
I know, been that way for all my time
till forever on it goes
through the circle fast and slow
I know, it can’t stop I wonder

chorus x2

Here’s the shape of the C7 (for anyone unfamiliar)


Music Therapy Grand Rounds : Therapeutic Songwriting

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April 9th, 2014 from 2 – 5pm

We are thrilled to announce our latest opportunity to educate and inspire the community about Music Therapy with an upcoming Grand Rounds presentation! With Therapeutic Songwriting as our focus, the presentation will feature Crystal Weaver, CRC, MT-BC, Tracie Sandheinrich, MT-BC, and Grammy Award NomineeĀ Andrew Dwiggins, MT-BC – describing how we and our patients collaboratively transform their experiences and emotions into song.

Why is songwriting therapeutic? How are songs for the radio different from therapeutic songs? Does a patient need to be an accomplished musician/songwriter for a session to be successful?

These and more questions will be answered by our engaging presentation: including patient interviews, session experiences, and most importantly – MUSIC!