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How to Invert a Chord, and When to Do That

A chord is 3 or more notes all sounding together. Those 3 notes form what we call a triad, and they are the bulk of the chords that get used in most songs written in any of the pop genres (rock, country, folk, etc.) As you know, there are lots of ways to modify triads. One of […]

Creating Chord Progression Sequences

 “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle covers every aspect of songwriting, from chords to melodies to lyrics. Includes sound files and a complete glossary of musical terms. Also, receive a free eBook “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro.” Read more _____________ In music, “sequencing” something has a specific definition. It means to take a melody […]

Getting the Most Out Of the Tonic Note

How you use the tonic note in your song can go along way to controlling musical energy. _______________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 eBook Bundle, and get “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” free. _______________________ Some might say that it’s not all that important to know the key of your song […]

With Chords, Is It Really "Whatever Sounds Good"?

There is a logic behind progressions, even though personal taste is a large factor. ____________ “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 do any lurking around on music forums that deal with chord progressions, you’ll […]

The Crucial Differences Between Verse and Chorus Melodies

Getting a verse to lead naturally to a chorus requires you to know the crucial differences between those two. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and find out which songs become hits, and why they sound so good. _____________ Most of the time when we hear a verse melody and a chorus melody, we […]

Songwriting Tips and Tricks: Changing Tonal Focus

When changing key is not working for you, how about just changing tonal focus? ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ There are times during a song when you want to allow the chords to move off and explore harmonies that are a bit […]