10 Chord Progressions that Steer Clear of the V-Chord

Avoiding the V-chord helps to remove a layer of predictability from your music. ____________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle comes with this FREE eBOOK: “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. _____________ The V-chord is the one built on the 5th note of a scale. For music in C major, G is the […]

Pairing Up Major and Minor Progressions

Moving from minor to major chords strengthens song structure. ____________ Purchase “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle TODAY, and claim your free eBook “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. _____________ One of the nicest and easiest ways to create really nice contrast between verse and chorus is the place the verse in minor and the […]

Using Abrupt Modulations to Generate Song Energy

Changing key quickly and with no warning adds a layer of excitement to your music. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get a FREE GIFT right now. _____________ From the April 22, 2013 Songwriter’s Quick-Tips Newsletter: A modulation is the technical term for a change of key. Most songs will start and […]

A Quick Look at Chord Inversions

Chord inversions can help create that “walking bass” effect. ____________ 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”. _____________ In common usage, a chord has a minimum of three notes: the chord root (if one can be identified), plus at least two […]

Chord Progression Tip: Creating and Using Suspensions

A suspension produces momentum in music by creating a tension which needs resolution. ____________ Purchase “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle TODAY, and claim your free eBook “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. _____________ First, let’s define some of the terminology we use when talking about chords. A chord is three or more notes […]

5 Chord Progression Sequences That Add Structure to Your Music

Chord sequences are pleasantly predictable, adding structure to your music by creating repetition. ____________ 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”. _____________ Other than the circle of fifths, most songwriters don’t tend to think much about chord progression patterns. For many, […]