Guitar - chord choices for songs

5 Chord Progression Ideas For Verse-Chorus Songs

Most of the time, a song will begin and end in the same key, keeping that key throughout its entire length. If that sounds boring to you, it isn’t. At least not necessarily. Listeners are more likely to focus in on melodies and lyrics than anything else, and so it is completely fine to stay […]

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Deciding On Verse 1

Many songwriters find chorus hooks easier to write than verses. That’s because you can tell right away if a hook is working. It needs to be short, catchy, strong and simple. But verses are more complex structures within a song. It’s sometimes hard to get the lyric just right. You know that it needs to […]

Guitar and Notepad - Songwriting schedule

The Long Song, When It Shouldn’t Be

When you’ve got a song that has potential but sounds like it’s got problems, your instincts are to start looking at the separate elements that go together to make that song. You’ll put the magnifying glass on the lyrics, on the chord progressions, the melodies, trying to find out which bit is causing the problem. […]

Songwriter in Home Studio

Songwriting, and Making More Efficient Use of Your Time

Got a melody but can’t figure out how to add chords to it? You need to read “How to Harmonize a Melody.” Complete with sound samples to guide you. Get it separately, or as part of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting 10-eBook Bundle” Recently I wrote a blog post about organizing your songwriting sessions. In […]

creating a new song melody

Creating a Melodic High Point By Using a Key Change

Chapter 5 of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” deals with how great melodies work, and shows you how to write tunes that partner up well with your lyrics. Right now, “Use Your Words! Developing a Lyrics-First Songwriting Process” is free with your purchase of the bundle. Here’s an interesting bit of melody-writing technique that comes […]

Songwriter - lyrics

New Video: 5 Characteristics of Great Song Lyrics

I’ve just completed and uploaded a new video to my YouTube channel, called “5 Characteristics of Great Song Lyrics.” Please click here to watch. If you take a look at the songs that make it to the “best songs ever” kinds of lists, most of them are there because of the quality of their lyrics, at […]