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Chord Ideas for Minor Key Songwriting

If you find that everything you write is in a major key, you’re missing out on an opportunity to create songs that tap into a darker or perhaps edgier side of music, a side that minor key writing offers. It might be that you aren’t sure how to create minor key progressions, and so I’ve […]

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Writing a Song that Moves From Dorian Mode to Major Key

As you likely know, it’s not unusual for songwriters to create songs where the verse is in a minor key or mode (often aeolian mode), and then switch to a major key (usually the relative major) for the chorus. A classic example is Carol King’s “You’ve Got a Friend“, the verse of which is in […]

Creating Minor Key Chord Progressions

A minor key may add just the right mood to your lyric. Here’s how to create minor chord progression. ____________ Struggling to build an audience base? “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” shows you every aspect of what makes a great song great. Read more.. ____________ There are 2 common ways that songwriters get the feeling of minor across […]

Chord Progressions for Songs in a Minor Key or Mode

The difference between minor key and minor mode. ______________  It’s time to get serious about your songwriting. Buy “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, written by Gary Ewer. And get a 7th eBook FREE, “From Amateur to Ace – Writing Songs Like a Pro.” Time to become the best songwriter you can be! Read more.. ______________ Many songwriters are comfortable […]

Creating Song Melodies and Chords in the Dorian Mode

A short primer on the creation and use of the dorian modal scale. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and learn the 11 principles crucial to any songwriter’s success. _____________ A discussion about modes can get very technical, so let’s look at a simple, immediately useful definition of modal scales. For our purposes, a scale […]

Tips ‘n Tricks: Chord Progression Guidelines for Songwriters

A bad chord progression can bring cause an otherwise excellent song to fail. Here are some basic tips for creating good progressions. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ When songwriters go looking for a “killer” progression, what they’re really looking for is something that’s unique, and something that really […]