5 Chord Progressions That Build Musical Momentum — The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

When I write songs with kids I often have to work as quickly as possible to keep things productive, interesting, and successful, for my budding lyricists.

To this end I often rely on mental banks of useful chord progressions to apply to the songs as they start to take shape. The techniques of building momentum from verse to chorus (or bridge) in this post from `The Essential Secrets of Songwriting’ are all methods I’ve used. Indeed, I have specifically used more than one of the examples he’s giving.

Of course with older groups  I’ll slow down and spend more time helping them develop their own ideas (particularly if I’m teaching in a full , ongoing classroom music’ setting rather than during a shorter -term or one-off workshop program). And even with younger groups I in know way consider the chords I first apply to be final, and alter the base of the songs as we work, taking melodic suggestions from the class.

Anyway, examples of chord progressions and why you’d use them are put pretty simple here, so check it out:

In music, momentum is anything that builds energy. Every possible element within a song has the potential to affect momentum, and songs are good if all of those elements partner well. You can hear energy and momentum growing in a song in any number of ways, including: if the music becomes louder; if the music becomes faster;…

via 5 Chord Progressions That Build Musical Momentum — The Essential Secrets of Songwriting


About earlleonardmusicforkids

Earl Leonard is a talented musician with an honest rocking style. Kids love his enthusiam and sense of fun. Performances for early primary and pre-school aged children are structured to leave room for participation; including changing well known song lyrics with the help of the kids. Songwriting workshops for grades 3 and up open a world of creativity; exploring language rhythm and rhyme. through all the fun and games children learn about words and music.
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