Make Your Lyrics Better: Find the Natural Pulse

Most song lyrics fall into one of two categories: 1) poetry, or 2) common narrative. My experience is that songwriters often worry too much about trying to create something poetic, when it’s not really necessary. You don’t need to be a T. S. Eliot or a Longfellow to write a lyric that gets the job […]

Creating and Using Palindromic Chord Progressions

Chord progressions are like clothes, in the sense that you usually want your shirt to coordinate with your trousers, and you similarly want your verse progressions to work with your chorus ones. One way we coordinate progressions is to use many of the same chords, but usually in a different order in the various sections […]

Creating Pop Chord Progressions From Classical Music

Fix Your Songwriting Technique Now! Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle ____________________ Over on the Twitter Songwriting Community website (Ravenous Raven), they’ve posted an article I’ve written, and I hope you take a moment to visit their site and read it. It concerns chord progressions, and researches the notion that the way […]

Songwriters, Is It Time to Step Back?

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • Good songs sell! Check out “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle – available now at a 50% savings! ________________________________ Are you a non-stop songwriter? Sometimes, in the music world, moving forward happens best when you take […]

Is There a Song Inside You? An Intro to Songwriting

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • Good songs sell! Check out “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle – available now at a 50% savings! ________________________________ If you’re an adult reading this, you might legitimately wonder if it’s possible to begin writing songs […]

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What is a Circle of Fifths Chord Progression?

A circle of fifths progression is one where the roots of the chords are related to each other specifically by ascending 4ths or descending 5ths. Circle of fifths progressions are considered to be harmonically very strong, in the sense that they pull our ear toward one chord being the tonic, or key chord. In that […]