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Moving Your Song’s Key Upward For the Chorus

I remember a while ago listening to someone’s song, trying to analyze what the problem with the chorus was. The songwriter had sent it to me, telling me that she felt the song started with great promise, but halfway through the chorus, everything sounded underwhelming. In that particular song, we diagnosed the problem as being […]

Adding a Semitone-Upward Key Change to Your Song

“The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle covers every aspect of songwriting, from creating chord progressions, to writing melodies and lyrics, and much more. Now with an 11th FREE eBook. Read more… ______________ Changing key is otherwise known as modulation in music circles. Modulating upward within a song is a relatively common musical device, particularly in ballads. The semitone-upward […]

Extending a Short Chord Progression With a Quick Key Change

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ Key changes within a song need to be done with care. A key change is the equivalent of lifting someone out of one chair and placing them in another. You can either carefully “slide them over gently” (the common-tone or […]

3 Cool Ways to Change Key

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-book bundle, and learn every aspect of great songwriting! ________________________ Changing key within a song can add that spark of variety and uniqueness you might be looking for. Of course, key choice will be closely related to the vocal range of your melodies; you can’t put your song in […]

3 Smooth Ways to Change Key

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • Polish your songwriting technique with “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle ________________________________ It’s quite common for songs to begin and end in the same key. However, you can generate excitement and interest by […]