How to Create Modal Chord Progressions to Use in Your Songs

The term “modal chord progression” may technically be a bit of a misnomer. But in common usage, a modal progression could best be described this way: a set of chords that points to a note other than the tonic (key) note. In other words, if you’re using what appear to be chords from the key of A […]

Giving Your Melody a Shot of Excitement – Can You Say "Appoggiatura"?

Normally, an Italian musical term from the classical music world would send any self-respecting songwriter running for cover. In this case, the daunting word “appoggiatura” can actually become your best friend if you’re trying to find a good way to inject some energy and interest into an otherwise boring melody. Here’s how it works. An […]

How to Write a Hook For Your Song

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter ________________________________ How do I write a hook for the song I’ve already composed? Is that possible, or must the songwriting process start with the creation of a hook? In a way, all songs have a hook if they’re memorable. A hook […]

Make an Ordinary Chord Progression Sound Extraordinary with an Inverted Pedal Point

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-Book Bundle, and discover how your good songs can be great. ____________ Chord progressions don’t need to be complicated animals. In fact, the more complicated it is, the more problems it can cause for a song. Progressions that are too complicated are either too long, or throw in chords […]

How to Make Writer's Block a Thing of the Past

Any working songwriter will tell you that writer’s block is one oftheir fiercest enemies, something they must constantly work against to keep at bay. A bad dose of writer’s block can completely sap the fun and enjoyment out of songwriting, and make you feel like a rank amateur. Writer’s block is, in short, the inability to summon the […]

Time to Throw out Your Songwriting Formula?

A  songwriting formula is a process. It’s the way you write, the procedure you follow for creating a new song. And it can be, over the long term, your worst enemy. Here’s why. The very term “formula” implies that it’s a method, or set of steps, that’s been done many times before. The good thing about that is […]