Avoiding the V-Chord in Your Progressions

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER The second edition of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” is out! See the video here. _________________________________ The V-chord is the chord based on the fifth note of a scale. Traditionally, this chord has figured prominently in most progressions, being the […]

Pump Up Your Progressions with Altered Chords

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” You might be surprised by how close a failing song is to being a winner. Do you know all the essential secrets of songwriting? Click here to read more. _____________________ Anytime you use a chord that includes a note not normally found in the chosen […]

The Tonic Note – Be Careful How You Use It

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website Follow Gary on Twitter The tonic note is the key note of your song. If your song is in Am, the note A is the tonic note. And it has a lot of power. But the more you use it, the less influential it is. […]

Help! Which Chords Do I Use?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” Website: Once you know what key your new song is going to be in, it’s a fairly simple process to figure out the triads (chords) that easily work in that key. You’ll find that the I (key) chord, the IV chord (based on the 4th note) […]

Songwriting Principle No. 8: The TONIC Note: Strengthening Your Song's Structure

The tonic note is the note that represents the key your song is in. So if you’re writing in G major, the tonic note is G. The tonic note is of tremendous value in strengthening your song’s overall structure; its importance cannot be overlooked. How you use it is what Songwriting Principle No. 8 is all about: The presence of […]