Beyoncé - Break My Soul

Putting a Songwriter’s Eye on Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul”

Beyoncé’s latest hit single, “Break My Soul” (written by Beyoncé, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, et al) is currently at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Every hit song balances standard fundamentals of songwriting with something unique and innovative. So let’s take a look at three songwriting innovations that set “Break My Soul” apart and make […]

Piano-playing songwriter

Using a Diminished-ii Chord in Major Key Songs

If your song is in a major key, you know that the ii-chord is going to be minor. So if your song is in the key of C major, the chord based on the note D will be Dm (D-F-A). And you’ll be using progressions that might be like the following: C  F  Dm  G […]

How to Create Fragile Progressions, and Why You’d Use Them

 “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook Bundle packages cover every aspect of songwriting, from chords to melodies to lyrics. They include sound files and a complete glossary of musical terms. Read more _____________ Compare these two progressions: 1. Am  Am/G  FMaj9  C/E  Cm/Eb  Dm7  G  C 2. Am  F  Dm  G  Em  Am  F  G  C The first […]

Chord Theory: How to Create and Use Suspensions

Thousands of songwriters have used “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle to take their craft to the next level. If you’re ready to break out of the songwriting rut you’re in, read more.. ______________ We know that most of the time, the chords you use in your songs are triads, which are 3-note chords comprised of a root, a […]