Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website.
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Are you a non-stop songwriter? Sometimes, in the music world, moving forward happens best when you take a break and change your focus. And the summer can be a great time to take a few days away from that thing you love to do, and just do a bit of reading. Over the past few years I’ve been writing articles that relate to songwriting from almost every angle: composing, arranging, selling, and hopefully helping people solve those nagging little problems that crop up from time to time.
And sometimes, the best thing you can do to solve a songwriting problem is to simply… pause. Take a break, perhaps for a few days or a week, and clear your head.
Since it’s summer (where I live, anyway 😉 now might be a good time to do a bit of reading. I’ve put links to 15 songwriting articles below, essays that I’ve written over the past 3 years. Just in case you’re looking for a good reason to sit back and put the pencil/guitar down.
Articles Relating to Song Form:
Verse and Chorus: Comparing Verse and Chorus Structure
Pre-chorus: The Pre-Chorus Can Make Your Song More Memorable
Chords and Harmony:
The Business of Songwriting:
Other Songwriting Issues:
Song Energy: Why is My Song So Boring?
Orchestrating Songs: Adding Solo Acoustic Instruments
Vocal Harmonies: Vocal Harmonies Can Add Excitement
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