How to Use Chord Inversions to Greatest Effect

A chord inversion (“slash chord”) can add a great sense of variety to a standard chord progression. An inverted chord (some know them as “slash chords”) are ones in which the lowest-sounding note is not the letter-name of the chord. If you play a C major chord on a guitar while the bass plays a […]

Building Your Audience: Air Guitar is a Thing. Air Accordion isn’t.

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7 Chord Progressions With Rising Bass Lines

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How to Identify Chord Progressions in a Song

Getting the melody and bass notes right will give you 2 out of 3 notes when trying to identify chords. ____________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle comes with this FREE eBOOK: “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. 7 Songwriting eBooks for $37 _____________ If you visit chord progression sites – the ones […]

5 Ways To Make Strange Chord Progressions Work

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How Considering the Bass Line Improves Chord Progressions

Weird chords sound less weird when the bass line makes sense. ____________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle comes with this FREE eBOOK: “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. 7 Songwriting eBooks for $37 _____________ Chord progressions that require a bass line to move in odd ways will tend to sound unsettled and […]