The Main Differences Between Strong and Fragile Chord Progressions

Has songwriting turned from being fun to being frustrating? Find the joy again! Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, now with a 7th (FREE) ebook, “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro.” Read More.. _____________ In most of the popular music you hear today, chord progressions are designed to make the […]

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How To Create a “Fragile” Chord Progression For a Song Bridge

Bridge progressions need to start somewhere other than the tonic, then find ways to move back. ____________ “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” answers some of the most important questions amateur songwriters face as they move into the professional world. It’s part of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook Bundle packages. Read more.. […]

Working Backwards to Strengthen Progressions

By working backwards to create progressions, you ensure that the progression will make musical sense. ____________ 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”. _____________ To create  progressions that have a strong sense of forward motion and harmonic goal, it is best […]

Are You Making These Basic Errors When You Create Chord Progressions?

Good progressions provide a solid base for your melody and lyrics, and pull everything together. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. _____________ Yesterday I wrote about song form, and said that when it’s working well it stays out of the way, being unnoticed. That’s […]

With Songwriting Ideas, It’s Fragile First, Followed By Strong

In verse-chorus formats, tentative ideas need to be followed by strong ones. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and solve your songwriting problems TODAY. _____________ When I use the words “fragile” and “strong” as they pertain to songwriting, I’m usually describing chord progressions. A fragile progression is one that has a certain degree of ambiguity, […]

Song Choruses, and the Importance of the Tonic Note and Chord

The presence of the tonic note and chord strengthens the structure of a song chorus. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and solve your songwriting problems TODAY. _____________ Whether it’s apparent to an audience or not — and it usually isn’t — a song is a short musical journey that places great significance on the […]