Peter Gabriel - Car

3 Big Tips For Making More Interesting Chord Progressions.

Every once in a while I take a look at the visitor stats for my blog, and especially take note of which pages — and in particular the topics — are the most popular. Typically it’s been articles about chords that get the most attention – usually 6 out of the 7 top posts. So […]

Sting - Every Breath You Take

After Verse and Chorus Chords, What To Do About the Bridge?

Most pop songs, and all the related genres such as folk, country, etc., use simple, strong chord progressions. In fact, when you go back and look at complex prog rock tunes from the early to mid-seventies, you might be surprised to see that chord choice is not nearly as adventurous as you might think. Complex […]

Yes - the band

Musical Complexity – the Best Way to Achieve It

Years ago, I became interested in simple computer programming, mostly in BASIC. I didn’t have great aspirations; most of whatever code I wrote was for relatively uncomplicated things. I wrote a program that helped me keep a sensible budget (yeah, that helped), and then one a little more advanced that attempted to interpret Morse code. […]

Musical Simplicity and Success Often Go Hand In Hand

It’s a common error to think that imaginative music comes from musical complexity. The thought is that if you write music that uses intricate chord progressions, elaborately entangled melodies, all partnered with bewildering lyrics, you’ve got something that should stimulate the imagination of the listener. But usually, that kind of music just ends up confusing the listener, boring them, and […]

If You’re Trying To Be Unique, You Might Be Trying Too Hard

Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Deluxe Bundle – a COMPLETE guide to writing better songs. ______________ No one can fault a songwriter for wanting to create something unique and distinctive. It’s normal to want to stand out from the rest of the songwriting crowd. But in the bid to be thought of as unique, there […]