Tag: circle of fifths

  • How Secondary Dominants Can Make Your Chord Progressions Less Boring

    How Secondary Dominants Can Make Your Chord Progressions Less Boring

    It’s not hard to break out of predictable chord patterns with a new mindset on harmony, and a bit of easy help from secondary dominants, too.

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  • Notes on the Birth of a Melody

    Notes on the Birth of a Melody

    From Soundfly Student Eva Grill, a beautiful reflection on where inspiration for melodic ideas comes from, and where it takes her when she follows it.

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  • How to Make Chords From Scales

    How to Make Chords From Scales

    Learning to read or write music? Here’s a quick guide to making chords within the various scales and modes you might encounter in music theory.

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  • How Do Key Signatures Work?

    How Do Key Signatures Work?

    Learning to read or write music? Here’s a quick-yet-deep primer on how key signatures work across major, minor, modal, blues and other tonalities.

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  • How to Use a Jazz Turnaround in Your Pop or Folk Song

    How to Use a Jazz Turnaround in Your Pop or Folk Song

    Borrowing a nifty couple of chord changes from the jazz world can really elevate your songwriting, no matter the genre or style.

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  • Can Descending Chords Ever Sound Happy?

    Can Descending Chords Ever Sound Happy?

    Descending melodies and progressions often sound sad, but one of the most resoundingly happy songs ever, Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” begs to differ.

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  • How to Take a Good Show and Make It Great

    How to Take a Good Show and Make It Great

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. You and your band have been playing out for a year or so, and you’ve started to get great responses from your audiences. Now, it’s time to […]

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  • Understanding Advanced Blues Harmony

    Understanding Advanced Blues Harmony

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. The 12-bar blues is the most important structural element in the history of American popular music. Musicians from Louis Armstrong to The White Stripes have used the […]

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