Learn How to Use Exotic Chords Like Nickel Creek’s “This Side”

In this episode, we’re looking at Nickel Creek’s “This Side” with a focus on learning how to use some exotic chords in your songwriting.  Here are the particular techniques we are analyzing: Using G# in the key of E and why that works — it’s because the song temporarily shifts …

Learning How to Change Keys from Sting’s “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You”

Sting’s “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” features some advanced songwriting techniques in the area of transpositions — changing keys within a song.  Now, it’s not a requirement for a song to go through more than one keys for it to be good or impactful, but a key, …