Kris Kristofferson

The Power (and Danger) of Quick Changes Within Songs

There’s a concept in music that applies to chord progressions called harmonic rhythm. That term is used to describe how frequently (i.e., how quickly) chords change, especially in relation to how many notes of melody happen between changes. As you know, some songs use progressions where each chord is strummed for a relatively long time before […]

“The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”: An Excerpt

The eBook, “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting,” is a great way for songwriters, whether novice or experienced, to strengthen their songwriting technique. It clears up the mystery of why good songs are so successful, and brings joy back to songwriting. The following is an excerpt from Chapter 4: Harmony. That chapter looks at four vital aspects of how […]

Harmonic Rhythm Helps Establish Your Song’s Groove

Harmonic rhythm is something created and established at the start of the songwriting process that can deeply affect the feel of a song. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and find out which songs become hits, and why they sound so good. _____________ Groove is a difficult thing to define precisely, but you can’t […]

Three Easy Steps to Harmonizing a Melody

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Follow Gary on Twitter   If you’re one of the melody-first writers out there, I applaud you. Writers who work on getting the melody right first have a greater chance of coming up with something that will stay in the listeners’ minds. But how do […]