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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Fix Your Songwriting Problems – NOW!

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

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Frank Sinatra - My Way

How Ballads Today Compare to a Sinatra-Style Ballad

You may not know the song “Comme d’habitude“, written by French songwriters Claude François and Jacques Revaux, but you’ll no doubt know “My Way,” a big hit for Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and others. Paul Anka acquired the rights to the melody (for $1), and then penned a new English lyric that brought the song to […]

Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.

5 Important Characteristics of Good Song Hooks

 There are several different kinds of hooks you might find in the song, but they all do essentially the same thing:  they all give the listener something catchy, something singable, and something that will bring them back to the song.   So no matter where your main hook appears (chorus, intro, backing accompaniment, etc. )  here […]

Frustrated songwriter

Taking Full Advantage of Songwriting Dissatisfaction

We tend to think of dissatisfaction as being a negative trait. That word conjures up notions of being unhappy and defeatist. Certainly to be dissatisfied comes hand-in-hand with being a bit unhappy. But I would make the point that unless you’re dissatisfied, it’s hard to improve as a songwriter. We might be tempted to use […]

Adele - Rolling in the Deep

Using Melodic Range Effectively in Your Songwriting

If you spend any time at all comparing verse and chorus melodies, you’ll notice right away that verses often centre in on one or two pitches. And it may not be that they sing those one or two constantly, but you’ll hear everything coming back, over and over again, to those couple of notes. A […]

Gary Ewer

Welcome to the New Essential Secrets of Songwriting!

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