Piano - songwriting

The Problem With Chords-First Songwriting

Your song’s chords may seem wonderful to you, but it’s the melody that makes the song memorable. _______________________ As you’ll read below, chords-first songwriting comes with certain problems. But it can work, and here’s the eBook that shows you how. Includes several step-by-step methods for getting the most out of chords-first writing. Read more.. _______________________ In a […]

Chord Progressions, and the Power of the Pedal Point

Pedal point makes strange progressions easier to understand. _______________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Deluxe Bundle, and get a special deal. Read more.. _______________________ Here’s a simple solution to a chord progression that doesn’t feel right: add a pedal point. Pedal point simply means that you keep the same note in the bass […]

Chord Progressions of Well-Known Folksongs

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get a 7th songwriting eBook FREE. __________________ As you likely know, chord progressions are not protected by copyright, so you can feel free to take any progression you like and use it for your own purposes. Sometimes it can be fun to take the progression of […]

Interesting Chord Vamps for Song Intros

Some interesting 2- and 3-chord vamps to try for your next song intro. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ I’m not a huge fan of the “vamp-until-ready” type of song intro, only because I think there are more interesting ways to start a song. And these days, with listeners […]

Creating Good Transitions from One Key to Another

Finding a chord that pulls a song successfully into a new key can be a challenge. Here are some ideas that might help. ____________ Purchase “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle TODAY, and receive your free eBook “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. _____________ There is of course no rule that says that all songs […]

With Chords, Is It Really "Whatever Sounds Good"?

There is a logic behind progressions, even though personal taste is a large factor. ____________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle comes with this FREE eBOOK: “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. 7 Songwriting eBooks for $37 _____________ If you do any lurking around on music forums that deal with chord progressions, you’ll […]