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 […]

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 […]

How Considering the Bass Line Improves Chord Progressions

Weird chords sound less weird when the bass line makes sense. ____________ “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 _____________ Chord progressions that require a bass line to move in odd ways will tend to sound unsettled and […]

Chord Progressions: How To Get Back Home

Complex chord progressions need to provide a clear way back “home”. ____________ Purchase “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle TODAY, and receive your free eBook “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. _____________ In the early days of rock & roll, chord progressions were short and tonally strong. A tonally strong progression means that if a […]

Is Your Songwriting Output Slowing Down?

Clutter is the most common cause of diminished songwriting output. ____________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle comes with this FREE eBOOK: “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. _____________ If you find that the number of songs you’re writing these days is slowing down, there’s not necessarily any reason to be alarmed. There […]