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 […]

Writing a Chords-First Song: Creating Layers

Written by Gary Ewer, author of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook Bundle. _______________ Many songwriters like the chords-first approach to songwriting. That’s mainly because the chords do such a good job of establishing a mood, and for many, getting the mood right is an important first step. No matter how you start, songwriting usually becomes […]

Creating Chord Progression Sequences

 “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle covers every aspect of songwriting, from chords to melodies to lyrics. Includes sound files and a complete glossary of musical terms. Also, receive a free eBook “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro.” Read more _____________ In music, “sequencing” something has a specific definition. It means to take a melody […]

5 Chord Progression Ideas: Getting From I to IV

“From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” is an 82-page eBook that’s a must-read if you’re trying to move from amateur to pro songwriter. It’s part of  “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Deluxe Bundle. Read more.. ___________ In a standard progression that uses four chords, you’re probably looking at something like: C  Am […]

How Do I Know What Key My Song Is In?

Identifying the key makes the task of choosing chords a lot easier, and a lot faster. Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle, and find out why good songs become hits, and what you can do to improve the quality of your own songwriting. How do you know what the key of a song is, and how […]

Feist’s “How Come You Never Go There”: Why It Works

The success of a song comes down to how the various elements connect. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base. _____________ One of the things that immediately attracted me to the song, “How Come You Never Go There“, by Canadian singer-songwriter Feist, is the sheer simplicity of its structure, […]