Tips ‘n Tricks: Writing a Hook that Works

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”. It’s supposed to be FUN to become the best songwriter you can be! ___________________ Say the word “hook”, and you think immediately of pop songs. But hooks have been a part of music composition starting the middle-Renaissance through to the present, in pretty much every genre you can think of. […]

7 Ways You Know It’s Writer’s Block

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”. It’s supposed to be FUN to become the best songwriter you can be! ___________________ Despite those who feel that songwriting is easy for them, the truth is that it’s difficult to keep being creative without some sort of break. The creative side of your mind can get “tapped out”, […]

Song Analysis: Hey Rosetta!’s “Yer Spring”

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Here’s how to get your songs working right away! __________________ Recently CBC Radio’s premiere arts & entertainment show, “Q“, with host Jian Ghomeshi, featured award-winning Newfoundland indie group Hey Rosetta! performing “Yer Spring” from their newly-released album “Seeds.” The album is simply fantastic, a model for […]

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7 Chord Progressions That Work All the Time

FREE with the Bundle purchase: “Use Your Words! Developing a Lyrics-First Songwriting Process” shows you how to put lyric-writing front and centre in your songwriting process. Do you find that your songwriting gets stuck at the chord progression stage? When this happens, it’s usually attributable to a common misunderstanding about chords: the need for chords […]

5 Ways to Make Your Song’s Chorus Outstanding

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Here’s how to get your songs working right away! __________________ Ask someone to sing the theme to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, and you’ll get that famous “da-da-da-DUM” theme. But Beethoven, Brahms, and all other composers realized that most compositions used at least two themes, the so-called “contrasting […]

Captivating Listeners in Today’s Songwriting World

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and open your mind! Become the songwriter you’ve always wanted to be! ____________________ Ever notice that many hit songs start with unique intros? Just take a listen to any songs in the top 10 right now on Billboard, and you’ll notice that the majority of them […]