Chord sequences

Chord sequences: What’s wrong with C, F and G?

June 17, 2013 in Features, Tips & Techniques

What have The Troggs and Green Day got in common? An appreciation for 12-bar blues chord progressions for one thing…

Lisa Redford: Using social media

May 21, 2013 in Features, Tips & Techniques

Columnist Lisa Redford is a British singer-songwriter based in NYC. This month, she looks at promoting yourself via social media…

Songwriting workshop

Chord construction: What is a triad?

May 18, 2013 in Features, Tips & Techniques

Almost all chords in popular songwriting are constructed using triads. Jack Jennings explains what they are and how they work…

Sheet music

Songwriting Tip: Your first idea might not be the best idea

May 7, 2013 in Features, Tips & Techniques

James Linderman explains why plan B might be better than plan A as you decide the best melodies and chords…

Lisa Redford: Dealing with writer’s block

April 17, 2013 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

New monthly columnist Lisa Redford is a British singer-songwriter based in NYC. This month, she looks at tackling writer’s block…

The Backbeat

How rhythm changes between verse and chorus

November 29, 2012 in Features, Tips & Techniques

Though it may seem to defy musical logic, chorus rhythms are usually longer than verse rhythms. Gary Ewer explains why……

Getting started in recording

Studio Start-up Part 2: Recording hardware

May 30, 2012 in Features, Gear, Tips & Techniques

In part 2 of our guide to getting started in recording, we look at the hardware options – and smartphone…

Getting started in recording

Studio Start-up Part 1: Recording software

May 23, 2012 in Gear, Tips & Techniques

If you’ve written some songs, want to record them but don’t know where to start… then here’s where to start!…

Top 10 Songwriting Documentary Clips

Six Of The Best: Songwriting Documentary Clips

May 21, 2012 in Features, Tips & Techniques

We’ve scoured the depths of YouTube to bring you a half dozen video clips which provide some priceless songwriting tips…