5 Ways To Make Strange Chord Progressions Work

Chord strangeness will work better if you slow the music down. ____________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle comes with this FREE eBOOK: “Creative Chord Progressions”. 11 Songwriting eBooks for $37 _____________ Compare the way chord progressions worked back in the 1600s with the way they’re used today, and you’ll see that nothing much has changed. Take a look […]

Curing the Problem of Too Much Tonic Chord

Too much tonic chord can result in problems with song energy. _______________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 eBook Bundle, and get “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” free. Read more.. _______________________ Follow Gary Ewer on Twitter Because songs are normally relatively short musical journeys that need to appeal quickly to an audience, […]

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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 […]