Chord Progressions, Melodies, and the Problem of Parallel Motion

When chord roots and melodies move in the same direction all the time, a vital sense of “independence” is lost. ________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and start building a large audience base for your music ________________ For many songs, chord progressions are simple enough that the concept of a bass “line” […]

Creating Song Melodies Using the Circle of Fifths

Take advantage of the repetitious nature of the circle of fifths to create strong, memorable melodies. _____________ A circle of fifths progression is one of the strongest types of progressions we use in music. There’s something about chords where the roots move by 5ths — it’s what we might call “pleasantly predictable.” You shouldn’t worry […]

Melodies That Sit on One Note Belong in the Verse

It’s possible to make static melodies work. You just need to make sure you don’t do it all the time. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Become the best songwriter you can be! __________________ The conventional wisdom in music composition is that you should be always trying to give your melodies […]

Stop Wasting Time: Target Your Songwriting Problems

If you aren’t doing anything to solve your own specific songwriting problems, you’re never going to improve, period. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and find out how hit songs of the past 5 decades can make your songs work. _____________ Has songwriting turned from something that used to be fun into something that’s just frustrating […]

Writing Song Melodies That Use Pentatonic Scales

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” E-book Bundle, and become a top-level songwriter! __________________ Most songs are written in a major or minor key, and the scales for those keys use seven notes, not counting any altered tones. A pentatonic scale uses only five notes per octave. There’s a tendency to think of pentatonic scales as […]

When Chorus Melodies are Pitched Lower Than Verses

Since you want song energy to either stay the same or increase as a song proceeds, it seems to be obvious that you’ll want verse melodies to sit, on average, lower in pitch than chorus melodies. This is because when pitches move upward listeners tend to interpret that as an increase in energy. But there […]