Make an Ordinary Chord Progression Sound Extraordinary with an Inverted Pedal Point

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-Book Bundle, and discover how your good songs can be great. ____________ Chord progressions don’t need to be complicated animals. In fact, the more complicated it is, the more problems it can cause for a song. Progressions that are too complicated are either too long, or throw in chords […]

Songwriting Principle No. 4: Fragile Chord Progressions Will Suit Your Verse Melodies

Chord progressions are funny creatures. We spend so much time looking for that elusive set of chord changes that are going to make the listener sit up and take notice. And actually, the best progressions are the ones that stay out of the way of the song. If your progressions are drawing that much interest, they’re probably drawing toomuch […]

Location, Location, Location!

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Get Curious!

[Read all about songwriting, and become a better songwriter at: “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting“] I work with music students as a daily feature of my working life at Dalhousie University. It’s a rewarding job most of the time. Because a major part of my job involves teaching ear training, I work with each and every student […]