Songwriting Manuals

Are you stuck in a songwriting rut? “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” manuals will get you moving again. Seven high-quality PDF documents. Take your songwriting to a new level of excellence!

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Essential Chord Progressions

Discover how chords work, and how to add chords to your song melodies.

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Download this FREE ebook. It shows you how solving small problems can turn a weak song into something truly amazing.

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Gary Ewer

Welcome to the New Essential Secrets of Songwriting!

After almost 8 years of doing a blog, I’ve decided to take the plunge and switch to a new self-hosted version. For many of you, you likely got to this page by being redirected from an old WordPress link. And if you’re new here, welcome! My new blog address is So if you have […]

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How Your Song’s Melody Can Add Meaning To Your Lyrics

I recently wrote an article for SongBay that discussed ways in which the chords you choose can work hand-in-hand with your lyrics, and actually enhance their meaning. Getting words and chords working together makes for a more meaningful experience for your audience. Along the same lines, there are things you can be doing as you […]

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Why Should Melodies Move Higher From Verse to Chorus?

There’s one common characteristic that exists between the different music genres of pop, rock, country, folk and their related subgenres: they all usually use a singer. There are instrumental tunes, of course, but not that many. For most songwriters, it’s all about writing a melody that’s going to get sung. ________ What are you using […]

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Stop Playing Catch-Up – Keep Your Songs on the Cutting Edge

If you spend any time at all listening to or reading interviews from top-level singer-songwriters, you’ll find that they spend a lot of time talking about other songwriters. That’s because for the most successful artists in the business, it’s always about knowing what else is going on in their genre, and trying to stay ahead of […]

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5 Creative Ways to Use a Chord Progression Formula

Ever try playing a good chord progression backwards? It doesn’t always work, but it’s worth the time to experiment.   When you do something in songwriting the same way each time, it’s called using a formula, and it’s not usually the kind of thing a songwriter should be aspiring to do. But there is one […]