The Melodies and Chords of Coldplay’s “Paradise”

Simplicity is always the necessary ingredient if you need people to remember your song after they’ve heard it. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ Simplicity is a crucial element of hit songwriting. It’s why songs that live near the top of the Billboard […]

How Time Signatures and Chord Progressions Relate

Adding chords to a melody has as much to do with time signatures and beats as it does about notes. Here’s how it all connects. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ Creating chord progressions that fit that melody that’s been rolling around in […]

Classic Song Analysis: “God Only Knows” (Wilson/Asher)

A gorgeous tune, and groundbreaking in its day, “God Only Knows” still has lots for today’s songwriters to learn. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ “God Only Knows”, from the Beach Boys’ seminal album Pet Sounds (1966), usually makes it to any list […]

Chord Modifications for Songs with the Same Verse/Chorus Melodies

Songs can use the same melody for both the verse and the chorus. It’s all in the lyric you write. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ Most songs use one melody, chord progression and lyric for the verse, and a different set […]

5 Factors Affecting Your Songs’ Longterm Staying Power

Thoughts on why some songs get airplay decades after being written and performed, and why others die a quick death. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base, starting right now! _____________ The hope of every songwriter is not just to write something that has relevance and market value today. […]

Creating “Partnered” Chord Progressions, With 6 Examples

Most songs have different chord progressions for each section. Here’s how to help them connect to each other. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base, starting right now! _____________ Good song structure is the successful working-together of many different song components, including melody, harmony and lyrics, to name but […]