Chord progressions are the structural foundations of the songs we know and love. Put simply, a chord progression is a series of repeating chords, for example, C / F / G over and over.
Some songs have one chord progression for the entire song. Others have separate progressions for the verse and chorus, while more complex songs may contain four or five different progressions throughout.
Every songwriter should have an understanding of common chord progressions, not only for understanding songwriting and song structure, but for improvising with a band as well. If a group of people get together to play, several commonly known chord progressions provide a framework for everyone to play to, be it a 12 bar blues progression, rhythm changes, or the chord progression to any popular song. In this article, we will look at five of the most common chord progression in major keys. Continue reading
Songwriting is an art that is as old as the history itself. It dates back to the ancient times and thus there is no way you can talk about human civilization without talking about it. Music writing process has continued to evolve from a simple art to a more complex process leading to the emergence of professional musicians, writers, dancers etc.
Although music is meant to entertain, it engages its audience more if it conveys a certain message. Have you ever witnessed the launching of a new song and a few weeks later it fades? Or have you ever listened to a track playing on the radio but you feel like changing the frequency even before it ends? I believe no artist would like their songs to suffer this kind of fate. Continue reading
There is nothing more annoying than sitting down to write some music and you end up having no idea of what to write or get stuck somewhere in the middle. Such a scenario can drain the life out of you. Sometimes, you could be having the ideas but as you work on them, they bore you somewhere in the middle and this goes on days, weeks and even months.
You may start to think that you’ve lost your magic touch. Well, that may not be the case. It’s just the usual writer’s block. Here are 5 of the best ways to overcome writer’s block : Continue reading
No matter you are a newbie, or an advanced songwriter, sometimes you may lack an inspiration for songwriting. If this lasts for quite a long time, it can become a real problem for you. There are numerous reasons why this might have happened, but what you should definitely do then, is finding a new resource for your inspiration ASAP. But if you do need to write a song just now, you may use various songwriting resources available both online and offline can really lend you a helping hand. Here I will outline the most useful ones: Continue reading
Music is a thing that brings absolute pleasure and excitement to those who enjoy it. But, creating music might be not that enjoyable activity. Especially, when it comes to making electro music. You can find yourself staring at blank sequencer for hours without a clear idea in your head. The problem is obvious – arranging electronic music is hard. But most of the problems are hiding in your mindset – that’s why you can’t come up with the solution. Writing and arranging tracks can be a real breeze that brings huge inspiration. We prepared some electronic music production tips, for those who are wondering how to arrange electronic music. Continue reading
Struggling with writer’s block? Don’t get discouraged. To overcome writer’s block is something that every musician has to deal with. The good news is there are many different ways to push through the feeling of being stuck.
Each person will have a few different tricks they find work best. I’ll provide you with the 5 most common methods of blasting through writer’s block so you can turn out that next chart topper! Continue reading
Music has not only the ability to evoke past emotions but also to awaken feelings that we have never experienced. But finding your tune is not easy. With a great variety of music genres and categories, it is almost impossible to decide on personal songwriting style. Entertainment industry offers us many events to enjoy the favorite band or singer. How to develop personal songwriting style? How to discover what brings your pleasure and satisfaction? If you are curious about that question, this article will help you answer it.
How to begin?
To discover the your personal songwriting style, you have to listen to many compositions of different genres, even what seems stupid and strange from the beginning, even if you are frightened by the name Marilyn Manson. Continue reading
A bad song is worse than silence. There are songs you’ve heard where you couldn’t wait for them to finish. Chances are they were dull and boring. That is why it is important to compose songs that are interesting and engaging. In this article you will learn 5 thing To be a successful songwriter.
Crafting a good song requires more than writing lyrics grammatically correct or correct word order. There are certain rules you need to consider when writing a song. Understand this, the primary objective with any song is to engage the listener. Fortunately, there are several tools and apps you can use to keep from sounding dull. Here are five different methods you can use to improve you songwriting skills. Continue reading
If you think that starting a music career and selling albums is an easy thing to do, you are so wrong! Actually, it’s more like working on something for a long time, but get some unexpected results every time. What’s so wrong with this music business and why independent musicians are workaholics – we are going to find more and share the useful information with you, young stars!
One time or forever
Unlike in businesses related to selling goods in-demand, music activity requires not only high quality, but also the ability to meet the customer’s preferences and understanding what kind of music the audience wants. As part of the audience, you probably know that some artists appear rapidly, rise up quickly with one or two songs, shine brightly for some time, and lose all attention as quickly as it all has begun! Some independent musicians turn up their activity again and make noticeable success in this business. But for most of such artists there is no second chance. They start working again, hoping to bring the second wave of the popularity, but they don’t get even half of the success of their first boom! Continue reading
Writing songs is usually a personal process. What works for you may not work for others, which is why most composers write their song. Writing songs is the process of discovering sound, melody, and lyrics that harmoniously complement each other. With this in mind, here are 10 tips on composing music: Continue reading
Songwriters may often ask themselves, “What makes a song great?” The answer to that question can make the difference between a mediocre song and an amazing song. Hopefully, once you finish reading this post you will be on the path the write great songs. This is not a new topic it has been written about by many experts in the industry. Trying to unravel the right formula is a lot like hitting a moving target. Taste change, technology changes making it difficult to nail down the right formula. Continue reading
October Songwriting News and Events featuring these news stories…
- The 20 Hottest Songwriters in Pop Music Right Now
- How To Balance Conversational and Poetic Language In Your Songwriting
- Universal launches startup ‘Accelerator Network’ in bid to find the next Spotify
- Will.i.am Joins ‘Mobile Record Label’ Startup Amuse, Talks ‘Defining a New Type of Record Industry’
- Two Big Mistakes Songwriters Make
- APRA AMCOS Announces A Bumper Year For Songwriters Thanks To Streaming And Export
- Incoming Pandora CEO Roger Lynch Shreds With Corporate Bandmates at Aspen Fest: Exclusive Interview
- Official: Miles Leonard stepping down at Parlophone, Mark Mitchell named Co-President
- The magic of making hits: The psychology behind and economics of pop culture
- Should music videos have to disclose product placements?
- C3 Warn Against “Transparency In Music Licensing And Ownership Act”
- Scrappy NSAI turns 50, keeps fighting for songwriters in D.C.
Taking a look back at 2017 here are the best songwriting articles on the Learn How to Write Songs blog.
There are a variety of subjects that songwriters find useful. You will find these are the most popular for this year.
These posts are filled with an abundance of tips, ideas, insights written to help you write better songs..
In case you missed these blog posts or neglected to bookmark them for future reference and inspiration, here are the Best 10 Learn How to Write Songs Blog Posts of 2017 and don’t forget to leave a comment to join the discussion: Continue reading
Once you have decided to try yourself in composing verses and want them become a song one day, but you do not play any musical instruments and can’t compose own music, then you have to understand that writing a good song is not that easy, as it may seem at first sight; you have to work very hard to make your text attract the attention of musicians.
The lyrics of the song must tell a complete story and convey feelings of the songwriter, thus the main aim of any author is to write words he wants to hear himself, the words listeners will not be able to stop repeating. Continue reading