Keyboard & Guitar

Avoiding the Constant Return to the I-Chord

If you’re looking for ways to make your progressions a bit more interesting without being too weird, there’s a simple modification you should consider: simply avoid overusing the I-chord. In a standard I-IV-V-I progression (C-F-G-C) the I-chord is the tonic chord. It’s the one that represents your song’s key. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with its use, […]

Finding Alternatives to the IV-Chord in Your Song

Replacing a IV-chord with something different: How that’s done. _____________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Deluxe Bundle, which includes “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”, is written by Gary Ewer, designed to straighten out your technique and get you writing better songs. ______________________ Spending time experimenting with substituting chords as you work out […]

How to Add a Bit of Complexity to Song Chord Choices

If chords mystify you, you need to get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” ebook Bundle packages. They include “How to Harmonize a Melody”, as well as the incredibly useful “Chord Progression Formulas”, which will show you how to create dozens of progressions almost instantly. Read more.. _______________ Of all the elements that go together to create a song, […]

5 Chord Progression Ideas: Getting From I to IV

“From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” is an 82-page eBook that’s a must-read if you’re trying to move from amateur to pro songwriter. It’s part of  “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Deluxe Bundle. Read more.. ___________ In a standard progression that uses four chords, you’re probably looking at something like: C  Am […]