Piano & Guitar

Song Sections, and the Chord Progressions That Make Them Work

It’s possible to do entire songs with the same progression from beginning to end. That used to be rare — I can think of America’s “A Horse With No Name” from 1972 – Em and D6add9 for verse, chorus and solo. And doubtless there must have been a disco hit or two that got built on one […]

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Songwriting: How To Create Layers of Hooks

For most songs that are written and produced for today’s pop music market, the hook is a very important feature. It’s the part that everyone remembers long after they’ve forgotten everything else about a song. And crucial to the business side, it’s what brings audiences back to a song and makes sales more likely. We […]

How to Create Chord Progressions That Grab an Audience's Attention

The progressions that really connect with audiences are the ones that fluctuate between fragile and strong. ____________ Struggling to build an audience base? “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” shows you every aspect of what makes a great song great. Read more.. ____________ A few days ago I wrote a post that dealt with differences between verse and chorus […]

Is Your Song Chorus Really Better as a Verse?

Sometimes the song section you’re working on make better musical sense when you move it to a different part of your song. _____________ Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, along with a FREE copy of “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. Read more.. _____________ Back in the summer I did an interview […]

Building Musical Momentum in a Natural Way

Moving a melody upward is an easy and natural way to ensure that people keep listening to your music. _______________ Written by Gary Ewer, author of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook Bundle. _______________ It’s hard to define exactly what we mean by musical momentum as it pertains to songwriting. Like many terms relating to the […]

Creating Chords That Work In Any Song Style

Thousands of songwriters are using Gary Ewer’s “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10 e-Book Bundle to solve their songwriting dilemmas. Includes “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro.”  Read More.. ______________ It’s possible to write really fantastic music with very few chords. Most songs in the pop genres use only four or five separate chords: “Royals” (Lorde): D, C […]