Discovering and Cultivating Your Songwriting Talent

Most songwriting books and manuals make the assumption, quite understandably, that the reader is already a songwriter, and simply wants a bit of advice. But there are many people who feel that they’ve got the ideas for a song inside them, but have never known how to go about getting those ideas organized into a […]

Bolster Your Songwriting Skill With These 5 Writing Games

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-book bundle, and FINE-TUNE your songwriting skills! It’s pretty obvious that the more you write, the stronger your technique becomes. But it really pays off to put a microscope on your songs from time to time, and focus in on the aspects of writing that you find the hardest. […]

Why Chord Progression Formulas are a Good Idea

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-book bundle, and FINE-TUNE your songwriting skills! If you’re a songwriter with experience, the word “formula” will probably conjure up a negative reaction. After all, how can you be creating a truly unique song if any part of the creation process involves a formula? And while for the most […]

3 Cool Ways to Change Key

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-book bundle, and learn every aspect of great songwriting! ________________________ Changing key within a song can add that spark of variety and uniqueness you might be looking for. Of course, key choice will be closely related to the vocal range of your melodies; you can’t put your song in […]

Adding Chords to a Melody: the 3 Easy Steps

Coming up with a chord progression that works is not rocket science, but if you don’t get things quite right, you’ll wind up with a song that just feels wrong. Many songwriters will start the songwriting process by coming up with a set of chords that work before they even deal with the melody. But […]

Using Chord Substitutions to Pull Song Sections Together

A couple of posts ago I wrote about using palindromic chord progressions (ones that read the same in both directions) as a possible way of making a connection between verse and chorus. Here’s another thought: if you find that your verse and chorus are using the same, or almost the same, progressions, try taking the […]