Elton John

Creating Long Chord Progressions That Work

It might surprise you to know that most chord progressions, regardless of the genre of the song you’re looking at, are relatively short. Comparing verse to chorus, you’ll find that verse progressions tend to be a bit longer on average, involving more chords, but even so, progressions that use more than 6 or 7 chords are […]

The Problem of Too Many Chords in a Song

Chord progressions that are long require a way to allow the listener to rest. ____________ Purchase “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle TODAY, and receive your free eBook “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. _____________ If we think of chord progressions as representing a kind of musical journey, then you might think that longer chord […]

Inverting the Tonic Chord To Create Forward Motion

Create a pleasant sense of musical restlessness by moving the root upward in the tonic chord. ____________ Purchase “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get this eBook FREE OF CHARGE: “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. _____________ The tonic chord is the one that represents the key of your song. A couple of […]

Resisting Temptation to Correct a Song That Works

Stop worrying if your songs break the rules. There are no rules. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. _____________ In songwriting we rightly speak of principles more than we speak of rules. To say that there are rules means that straying from them is […]

Will Using a Chord Progression Formula Make Your Song Boring?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: Did you know that chord progressions are not protected by copyright? That’s mainly because, try as you might, you can’t find an original progression. And if you can, it probably stinks. 😉 Not because you can’t write good progressions, but the good ones have likely […]