Making Song Melodies Better With the Right Chord Progression

A great melody with lousy chords will come across as a lousy melody. Here’s a bit of chord theory to help. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and discover all you need to know about chords, melodies, and all-important song structure. _____________ You might write a great melody, but if the chords you […]

How Do I Know What Key My Song Is In?

Identifying the key makes the task of choosing chords a lot easier, and a lot faster. Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle, and find out why good songs become hits, and what you can do to improve the quality of your own songwriting. How do you know what the key of a song is, and how […]

Harmonizing the Same Melody With Major, Then Minor Chords

Switching from major to minor gives your melody a whole new sound. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Become the best songwriter you can be! __________________ The repetition of musical fragments is an important part of the structure of most songs. We like to hear things repeat; obvious things, like the basic beat and […]

Switching From Major to Minor; Keep the Same Melody

Balancing major and minor within the same song is a great way to make use of the contrast principle. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ When you choose a key for your song, the main factor is usually vocal range. You don’t often have to think about whether a […]

5 Ways to Demonstrate the Power of Opposite Ideas

Placing opposite ideas near each other is an important feature of good songwriting. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ A colleague of mine was once asked what music was. His reply was, “Anything written with musical intent.” In context, his answer made sense, […]

Harmonizing a Melody in Two Ways: First Major, Then Minor

Harmonizing a melody in minor if the original key is major helps breathe new life into a song. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ Part of starting the songwriting process is choosing a key for your song. The main factor you’ll consider, of […]