unusual chords

Intro to Advanced Songwriting: Unusual Chords

As a songwriter, it’s important to have a solid understanding of the different types of chords available to you. While major and minor chords may be the most common, there are many other options that can add color and complexity … Read More

suspended chords

How to Use Suspended Chords in Songwriting

If you’re looking to add some flair to your songs and have already tried using every single major and minor chord in combination, consider using the suspended chords. Suspended chords are a musical technique that can add tension and a … Read More


How Dissonance Can Enhance Your Music

Chances are you have heard of the term “dissonance” get thrown around when talking about music. Dissonance might sound like a complicated term, but it’s actually a simple concept. It’s when two or more notes are played together and they … Read More

9th chords

Intro to Advanced Songwriting: 9th Chords

So, you’ve mastered the major and minor chords and even the sevenths, but when it comes to chord extensions, you may feel intimidated by the idea of incorporating intervals beyond the basic triads. It is time to explore the world … Read More

major and minor chords

Substitution Using Just Major and Minor Chords

Substituting a major chord for a minor chord can add a new and interesting sound to your chord progression, and is an effective way to change the emotional tone of your music. Here are some tips to help you use … Read More

Chord Progressions Based on Mood

Choosing Chord Progressions Based on Mood

The chord progression you choose for a song can greatly impact its overall mood and emotion. Whether you’re writing a happy, upbeat tune or a sad, introspective ballad, the right chord progression can help to enhance the emotional content of … Read More

Chord modulation

The Art of Changing Keys: A Guide to Chord Modulation

We’ve all heard it before. The end of the song is near and you think you’re about to hear the same chorus you’ve heard the last two or three times but wait! A new element of surprise has taken place. … Read More

Chord Inversions

Chord Inversions: A Beginner’s Guide

In music theory, a chord inversion refers to the rearrangement of a chord’s notes in a different order. Chord inversions are a useful tool for creating interesting and varied harmonies, and are often used in music composition and arrangement. A … Read More