Other Song Elements that “Progress”

“Progression” in music causes expectations. What things other than chords progress in your songs? _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. _____________ The idea of chords progressing is a well-known one to us. But other song elements also progress. I’ve mentioned in this blog many times […]

Why Chord Progression Formulas Work So Well

While “formula” is often a bad word in songwriting, it’s a good thing when it comes to chords. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ As a composer of music you learn that writing according to a fixed formula is often a bad thing. And while that’s usually true, you […]

The Predictable Nature of Chord Progressions is a Good Thing

A strong progression is any one which clearly points to one note as the tonic. They’re necessary in most songs, and here’s how they’re created. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ A strong chord progression sets up one note – the tonic note […]

Turning Basic Chords Into Something That Grabs Attention

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career right now! ____________ Chord progressions are usually the most predictable element we use in the creation of songs. It’s not easy to know what the next line of lyric will be, or even what direction the melody will take from one note […]

Improvising guitar chords

7 Chord Progressions That Work All the Time

FREE with the Bundle purchase: “Use Your Words! Developing a Lyrics-First Songwriting Process” shows you how to put lyric-writing front and centre in your songwriting process. Do you find that your songwriting gets stuck at the chord progression stage? When this happens, it’s usually attributable to a common misunderstanding about chords: the need for chords […]

5 Tips for Pulling Off a Great Chord Progression

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Here’s how to get your songs working right away! _________________ By far, the most common type of question I receive from songwriters concerns chord progressions. Why don’t my chords seem to work? What chords go with this key? How do I choose chords? There’s a reason […]