Piano

Experimenting With Key Boosts Your Musical Imagination

There are typically two times when a song’s key becomes something that a songwriter considers: During the initial songwriting process. You create your first melodic ideas based on an often-random choice of key and chords. During the performance or recording stage. You might possibly change the key to one that puts the melody in your optimum […]

Keyboard & Guitar

The Circle of Fifths Progression: Making It Relevant for Songwriters

A circle of fifths (CoF) progression is one that includes chords whose roots move up or down by 5ths. Dm Am Em Bdim, for example, is an ascending CoF progression. You can hear that there’s a pleasant sense of predictability that results from this kind of progression. There are many ways to use the CoF, including […]

Creating Minor Key Chord Progressions

A minor key may add just the right mood to your lyric. Here’s how to create minor chord progression. ____________ Struggling to build an audience base? “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” shows you every aspect of what makes a great song great. Read more.. ____________ There are 2 common ways that songwriters get the feeling of minor across […]

Creating Chorus Chords that Work Well With Verse Progressions

Verse and chorus progressions should be seen as musical partners. Here are some ideas for strengthening that partnership. ______________  Take your songwriting to a new level of excellence. Buy “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Deluxe Bundle, written by Gary Ewer. Includes “From Amateur to Ace – Writing Songs Like a Pro.” Time to become the best […]

An Idea for Moving From a Minor Verse to a Major Chorus

If you convert a minor progression to roman numerals, it’ll often work when you transpose it to a major key. ______________ 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 eBook FREE, “From Amateur to Ace – Writing Songs Like a […]

Mixing Major and Minor Chords to Create Powerful Song Progressions

Here are 5 chord progressions that successfully blend major and minor chords and strengthen the relationship between verse and chorus. “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle (plus a FREE copy of “Creative Chord Progressions”) is written by Gary Ewer, designed to straighten out your technique and get you writing better songs. All songwriters know that most song progressions […]