If You Want Your Song to Sell, Your Melody Needs Shape

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: Many songwriters start the writing process by coming up with a chord progression, and then try to create a melody that works with it. The problem with this approach can be that the melody lacks shape, as the importance is placed on the progression first. […]

Seven Great Progressions to Get Your Summer Writing Underway

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website Check out “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. And start writing the songs you’ve always known you could write! ______________________ Summer is a great time to write songs. Especially for those of us in the northern hemisphere, we get out of the house […]

Is "With a Little Help From My Friends" the Perfect Song?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: I believe the best songwriters in the world are the best listeners. You can spend a lot of time trying to come up with the next gem, but it’s the ones who really listen to successful songs, trying to figure out why they work, that […]

A Pedal Tone Provides Stability

by Gary Ewer, from”The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: Pedal tones in chord progressions can be very useful, particularly if you’re looking to use more chromatically complicated chords. That constant pedal (i.e., a low note that stays the same while the chords above it are changing) acts as a kind of anchor, helping the listener […]

EssentialChords.com Now Offering Daily Chord Progressions

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: Chord progressions are not covered by copyright. So if you find that your brain freezes up just trying to come up with something that can get the creative juices going, surf on over to EssentialChords.com for a daily fix. You’ll find a new chord progression […]

Treating the Bass Line as a Second Melody

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: You’ve got a great melody and a chord progression that works. So what can you do to add life to your song? Activate the bass line. Making the bass line do something other than just sitting on the chord root gives life to that aspect […]