New Songwriting Video: How Keys and Chords Relate

New instructional songwriting video is up on YouTube!


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Gary EwerI’ve not done many instructional videos, mainly because it takes a fair bit of time. But I’ve decided that for some songwriting concepts, video might be the best way to get the ideas across.

So I’ve just completed a new video, “How Songs Change Key From Start to Finish”, and I hope you find it helpful.

You may want to watch the video a few times to get all the points. Basically, it describes how many songs will subtly change key as they proceed, and this is done to keep it sounding fresh and interesting.

But how do we do that? What are the normal key relationships between verse, chorus and bridge? The video describes this concept by using songs by:

  • Sam Hunt (“Take Your Time”)
  • Foo Fighters (“Rope”)
  • The Beatles (“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”)
  • Justin Timberlake (“Mirrors”)
  • Carole King (“You’ve Got a Friend”)

I hope you enjoy it and find it useful. As I say, you might benefit from watching it a few times – I covered the concepts quickly!


Written by Gary Ewer. Follow Gary on Twitter.

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  1. So true the Key can be the be all and end all of the song
    also the rhythm and tempo can make a drastic difference, I once
    heard an amateur Singer perform Mac Cartney’s Yesterday so
    slow it was painful to listen to

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