How to Replace One Chord With Another

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. __________ I truly believe that most of the time we worry too much about our chord progressions; they are the aspect that can get by with the least amount of innovation, and as long as they simply work, you’re fine. The I-IV-V-I progression has […]

How to Make a Strong Progression More Creative

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting“. If you’re frustrated because you just can’t get your songs working, and can’t seem to finish any of the songs you start, you need to take a fresh look at the structure of the word’s most successful songs. Gary’s e-books were written to get you writing! […]

Connecting Verse and Chorus Progressions with Chord Substitutions

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. You can find Gary’s songwriting e-books here, and read about a free offer. ______________ For most songs, you want to make a connection between the chords you use in your verse and the ones you choose for your chorus. A really neat way to […]

The Role of Inspiration in Songwriting

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. When I pick up a pencil and try to draw a face, it looks grotesque. I get the perspective wrong, the shading looks haphazard, and the dimensions are simply off! Because I am untrained, I can’t really finish any drawing I start. As I progress […]

The Faster the Tempo, the slower the Harmonic Rhythm

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. ________________________ Let Gary Ewer’s songwriters’ e-books show you how to create chord progressions, how melodies should be contoured, how to write lyrics that work, and more. And you‘ll get tons of chord progressions you can use right now. For $37, purchase and download all 6 songwriting […]

Pop Songs Need a Groove, or They're Just Aimless Wandering

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website Follow Gary on Twitter In the pop music world, songs need a groove, and that usually means that you need to limit the number of chords you use. A groove chiefly happens when the tonic (key) chord happens over and over again. Our musical instincts […]