The Power of the "Oscillating Key Change"

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • Fix your songwriting technique! Check out “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle – available now at a 50% savings! ________________________________ Choosing a key for your song is usually a no-brainer. Just find the key that works […]

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 […]

Bored With Just One Key? Try Two.

•Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter for website updates, songwriting tips and more. • Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” suite of songwriting e-books at a 50% savings, and get “Chord Progression Formulas” free of charge. _____________________ As much as I roll […]

A New Take on the I-IV-V-I Progression

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Gary Ewer’s songwriting e-books will get you writing songs, and can help stamp out writer’s block for good. Click here to read more. _____________ You’ve often heard me say that one of the problems with chord progressions is that they can often be too complex. […]

Changing Key by Using a Pivot Chord

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. ____ Changing key is a great device for injecting energy into a song. Known as modulating, it needs to be done with care, being unpleasantly startling to the listener if it’s done haphazardly. There are several ways to change key, including the “abrupt modulation,” […]

Changing Key to Keep a Song Fresh

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. His songwriting e-books are here. _______________ There are lots of things that songwriters do to keep a song from getting boring. Varying instrumentation, throwing in rhythmic surprises, coming up with an interesting solo or bridge – these are all ways that we typcially hold a […]