Isolating Important Pitches Helps Add Structure to Song Melodies

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7 Tips For Making Better Use of Chord Progression Charts

Like anything in music, chord progression charts still require you to use some imagination. Once in a while, all you really want are some chord progressions that can get you going right away in the songwriting process. For this reason, many of you have collections of chord progressions that you keep nearby as you work […]

The Power of ‘We’

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Looking Beyond Songwriting to Cure Writer’s Block

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For a Shot of Energy, Try Chorus-First Songs

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How Tempo Affects Chord Choice

It’s difficult to be specific about chord progressions in music, because the chords you choose will have a lot to do with the genre you are composing in. But across any and all genres, there are at least two generalizations that can be made: The faster the tempo of your song, the longer you should […]