How to write a song: Songwriting Chord Substitutions

Decorating your Chords to make it more interesting to the ear. Taking your chord and replace it with one that works musically but was not the expected chord. www.signaturesound.com/discover www.signaturesound.com/blog

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Published: 2011-01-07 19:38:40
How to write a song: Songwriting Chord Substitutions

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