Guitar and Chords

Using Deceptive Cadences to Make Chord Progressions More Interesting

I mentioned cadences in my last post. A cadence is the end of a musical phrase — the end of a line of music or lyric. Sometimes that cadence sounds temporary, when the lyric sounds like the a pause in the middle of a sentence (at a comma), and sometimes much more final, like the […]

5 Ideas for Perking Up a Boring Chord Progression

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle to learn more about chord progressions and how they work. _____________ I hardly ever worry about a chord progression that sounds boring or repetitive. First of all, most chord progressions use repetition as a standard feature, because repetition works. Listen to any successful song, and you’ll […]

Prolonging a Chord Progression with Deceptive Cadences

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER Get the most out of your creative abilities! Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” ___________________________________ There’s nothing like a creative chord progression that really feels like it’s taking you on an interesting journey. But in the attempt to make a progression […]