Song form - the Bridge

How a Bridge Can Be Your Song’s Most Creative Part

One of the most important principles of songwriting (and in fact, the most important part of musical composition whether writing songs or symphonies) is the notion that all elements of a song partner well together. In other words, the melodies, lyrics and chords all support each other, and all work together to reveal and enhance […]

When and How to Use Altered Chords in Your Progressions

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Finding Alternatives to the IV-Chord in Your Song

Replacing a IV-chord with something different: How that’s done. _____________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Deluxe Bundle, which includes “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”, is written by Gary Ewer, designed to straighten out your technique and get you writing better songs. ______________________ Spending time experimenting with substituting chords as you work out […]

Creating Chord Progressions From the Bass Line

Working out a catchy bass line gives you several options for the chords you might use to accompany it. _____________ It can be an interesting idea to generate a chord progression by starting with what you’d like to hear in the bass. There are several possibilities for every bass line you create, and that’s what […]


Some Quick Fixes For an Ailing Chord Progression

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Choosing Song Chords That Work Well Together

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