5 Catchy Options For the I-IV-V-I Chord Progression

Here are some interesting alternatives to turn a basic I-IV-V-I progression into something that sounds a bit fresher. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ In the balance between innovation and predictability, your songs should only offer a taste of innovation if you want to build an audience base. There […]

10 Reasons That Songs Fail, and How to Fix Them

Just one problem can sink a song’s chances to connect with listeners. Here’s 10 of the most common problems, with easy fixes. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ When a song just flows out of you, so easily that you wonder how the heck that happened, […]

The Predictable Nature of Chord Progressions is a Good Thing

A strong progression is any one which clearly points to one note as the tonic. They’re necessary in most songs, and here’s how they’re created. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ A strong chord progression sets up one note – the tonic note […]

How the Contrast Principle Makes Songs Better

In songwriting, the contrast principle tells us that listeners need to hear stress and resolution. Here’s how that works. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career. _____________ The contrast principle states songs should present opposing ideas as it progresses. Song energy is generated every time your audience hears those […]

Harmonizing a Melody in Two Ways: First Major, Then Minor

Harmonizing a melody in minor if the original key is major helps breathe new life into a song. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ Part of starting the songwriting process is choosing a key for your song. The main factor you’ll consider, of […]

Coaxing the Listener to Keep Listening

The most important effect of a properly-written song is that people who start listening to it want to keep listening through to the end. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ When you analyze hit songs from the past several decades, you learn important […]