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Avoid These 5 Chord Progression Mistakes In Your Songwriting

Knowing why some chord progressions your’e coming up with sound good while others just don’t work at all is an entire area of study in music schools. For many of you, though, a good chord progression is something you can come up with by improvising and by borrowing ideas from other existing progressions. In this blog […]

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Make Improvisation a Smarter Part of Your Songwriting Process

Improvisation is an important part artistic creation. Who knows where those very first ideas come from — the ones that pop into your mind as you’re walking down the street or sitting on a bus. But almost everything that follows, at least for most songwriters, happens through improvisation. In that context, improvisation means using your […]

Curing the Random-Lyric Problem

Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook Bundle, along with a FREE copy of “Creative Chord Progressions”. _____________ Writing song lyrics is an entirely different beast from writing melodies. In that respect, it shouldn’t surprise you to find that melodies might be easy to write, while lyrics might come across as clunky, random utterances. It can be one of […]

Where Are Your Chord Progressions Going?

Good chord progressions are not about where you’ve been — they’re about where you’re going. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base! _____________ It’s no accident of terminology that we call a set of chords used in a piece of music a progression. If you think of progressions as simply one chord followed […]

How to Keep Chord Progressions From Sounding Random

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! _________ Typically, chord progressions will be constructed in such a way as to make one particular chord sound like a target. That target chord is the so-called tonic chord. If you’re writing a song in G major, the tonic chord is G. […]