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 […]

Creating Musical Excitement By Changing Key

Moving your song from one key to another between the verse and chorus is a great energy builder. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career. _____________ How do you entice a listener to keep listening? What do you do as a songwriter to ensure that someone who starts listening to […]

When and How to Change Key Within a Song

A key change can add that extra bit of energy you’re song’s been craving. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and build your audience base! __________________ Most songs don’t change key (called modulation), and even when they do, the majority of listeners won’t notice that a key change has taken place. They may […]

Giving Chord Progressions a Sense of Direction

Being imaginative with chord progressions is a good thing. But imaginative progressions need a harmonic goal. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10 e-book bundle, and build your audience base! Get today’s deal: A FREE copy of “Creative Chord Progressions” when you purchase the bundle. __________________ Imaginative chord progressions are wonderful to experiment with, because chords that […]

Creating a Powerful Chorus With a Key Change

Sometimes the best key changes are the startling ones, the ones that make you blink and shake your head. Someone wrote me a while back to ask what was going on harmonically in the song “Your Dark Side” by The Morning Benders (now known as POP ETC), specifically between the verse and the chorus. It’s […]

Connecting Verse and Chorus Chord Progressions

Verses and choruses are often different, but it’s crucial that they sound connected. Chord progressions can do that for you. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ Some songs use the same melody and chord progression for the verse and chorus. But those songs are in the minority; for most […]