Guitar and keyboard

How Chords Can Limit Your Melodic Ideas

Here’s a tip for you, especially if you’re a chords-first songwriter who works out songs on a guitar. And it may seem like a simple, no-brainer type of tip, but it’s an important one: revoice your chords. Each time you play through a chord progression, you’ll find that your ear gets drawn to the highest notes […]

Guitar and piano - chord progressions

5 Creative Ways to Use a Chord Progression Formula

Ever try playing a good chord progression backwards? It doesn’t always work, but it’s worth the time to experiment. When you do something in songwriting the same way each time, it’s called using a formula, and it’s not usually the kind of thing a songwriter should be aspiring to do. But there is one exception, […]

Goal-Oriented Chord Progressions: A Description, With 7 Examples

With songs in most of the pop music genres, you usually can’t go wrong with a solid, goal-oriented progression in the chorus. ______________ Looking for good songwriting content for your iPad, Kindle, laptop, desktop, or other PDF-reading device? “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” ebook bundle packages will show you why good songs are good, and […]

Building Your Audience: Air Guitar is a Thing. Air Accordion isn’t.

Take your songwriting to a new level of excellence. Buy “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, written by Gary Ewer. And get a 7th free eBook, “From Amateur to Ace – Writing Songs Like a Pro.” Read more.. ______________ If you take a look at the list of 2015 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall […]

5 Ideas To Make a Boring Chord Progression Better

To create a progression that sounds fresh, try starting with something strong and predictable, and then modify it. Here are 5 ways to do that. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. _____________ Most great songs are built on chord progressions that sound, on their own, […]

Writing Song Melodies When Writer's Block Sets In

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and take an important first step to building a fan base for your music. _____________ When songwriter’s block is setting in, it can make you feel that everything you try to write is garbage. With anything that’s difficult, the best solutions will come from simplifying what you do. Here’s […]