Piano and Guitar

5 Verse-Chorus Chord Progression Pairs

A verse-chorus chord progression pair refers to two progressions that move seamlessly one to the other, where one has those characteristics of a good verse progression and the other acts as a good chorus one. Before giving examples of these types of pairs, keep in mind that the easiest way is to create one progression that will […]

Why Chord Progression Formulas Work So Well

While “formula” is often a bad word in songwriting, it’s a good thing when it comes to chords. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ As a composer of music you learn that writing according to a fixed formula is often a bad thing. And while that’s usually true, you […]

Why Chord Progression Formulas Work

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Let Gary’s songwriting e-books show you how to fix your songs. Click here to read more. ____________ Good songs are a balance of foreground and background. The foreground elements are the aspects of the song that the listener would notice right away, such as […]

It's Hard to be Unique if You're Using the Same Tired Formula

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: ____________ Structure is everything in songwriting; without structure, you’ve got a song that listeners just won’t understand and can’t get into. It’s why we talk so much about the form of a song. An easily discernible form makes it more likely that listeners will remember […]

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 […]