Treating the Bass Line as a Second Melody

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: You’ve got a great melody and a chord progression that works. So what can you do to add life to your song? Activate the bass line. Making the bass line do something other than just sitting on the chord root gives life to that aspect […]

Want Some Chord Progression Ideas? Try These Samples

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: Looking to write a song, but stuck at the chord progression stage? Here are some you can try: i) Asus   A   Bm   E   F#m   D   Bm7   C# This one has a few interesting twists. We’re used to starting progressions on the tonic chord, but this […]

Designing the Energy Level of your Song

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: When writing songs, the most important aspect of energy to realize is that it isn’t a constant force; it changes from moment to moment. It’s a bit like the wind in that respect. On a windy day, we usually can notice that the wind speed […]

Will Using a Chord Progression Formula Make Your Song Boring?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: Did you know that chord progressions are not protected by copyright? That’s mainly because, try as you might, you can’t find an original progression. And if you can, it probably stinks. 😉 Not because you can’t write good progressions, but the good ones have likely […]

Does My Song Need a Bridge?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: There are many components to successful songs, and not all songs use the same components. A bridge is a good way to extend your song, but how do you know if your song needs a bridge? A bridge usually sits either between a final verse […]

How to Use Chord Inversions

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: Songwriters are always looking for ways to be more creative with chords. Some of the best ways involve simple modifications, and chord inversions offer great bang for the buck. You may know the term “inversion” by another term: “slash chords.” What it means is that […]