Is That Progression Complex? (Or Does It Just Suck?)

•Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter for website updates, songwriting tips and more. • Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” suite of songwriting e-books at a 50% savings. _____________________ Weeks ago I wrote an article examining the problem with chord progressions […]

3 Great Ways to Make Your Chord Progression Longer

• Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER for songwriting tips and notification of blog updates. • Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” suite of 6 e-books now at a 50% saving. _________________________________ I often think that songwriters obsess about chord progressions to an unhealthy degree. Let’s set one […]

Can a Song Succeed Without "Strong" Progressions?

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. For songwriting tips and notification of blog updates, FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” suite of 6 e-books now. _____________________________________ A strong progression, to put it simply, is one that points to one chord as the tonic (home) chord, and one […]

Chord Progressions Giving You That Panicky Feeling?

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER Find Your Songwriting Breakthrough – Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” ___________________________ When we create music, we often feel that our new creation has attained a life of its own. There’s something exciting about that, of course. But at the same […]

Avoiding the V-Chord in Your Progressions

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER The second edition of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” is out! See the video here. _________________________________ The V-chord is the chord based on the fifth note of a scale. Traditionally, this chord has figured prominently in most progressions, being the […]

“The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” – 2nd Edition Released

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. ________________________________ At long last, the second edition of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” has finally been released. Song samples have been updated to more current examples, with more in-depth descriptions of certain songwriting concepts. Like the first edition, it examines the technique of the […]