Chord Progressions: Strong Ones Should Follow Fragile Ones

Chord progressions need to have direction, or else they’re little more than chord successions: one chord following another with little or no sense of overall purpose. As you likely know, I have for a long time spoken about the important differences between so-called strong and fragile progressions, where strong ones point solidly to one note […]

3 Smooth Ways to Change Key

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • Polish your songwriting technique with “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle ________________________________ It’s quite common for songs to begin and end in the same key. However, you can generate excitement and interest by […]

How to Fix an Aimless Chord Progression

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • Check out “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle ________________________________ The problem with developing a working set of chord progressions for your song can be learning how key and chord choices are related. Once […]

How to Make a Chord Progression Work Every Time

Written by Gary Ewer, author of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” ebook bundle. • Follow Gary on Twitter ______________________ To many songwriters, a chord progression is the kind of thing that causes them to say, “I don’t know what makes a good one, but I’ll recognize it when I hear it.” Well, that should not be good […]

Can a Song Succeed Without "Strong" Progressions?

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. For songwriting tips and notification of blog updates, FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” suite of 6 e-books now. _____________________________________ A strong progression, to put it simply, is one that points to one chord as the tonic (home) chord, and one […]

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 […]