Tips for Writing a Bridge (Middle-8) Melody

A song’s bridge gives you opportunities to explore further afield. Here are some tips for writing a bridge melody. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base. _____________ Contrast is a crucial part of the strength of a song. Pitting one musical element against another is the basic idea behind the […]

7 Most Common Chord Progression Mistakes That Songwriters Make

When chords work, you usually don’t even notice them. But when they’ve got problems, they can kill a song. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ There are times when I really notice a song’s chord progression, and how beautifully it works. But most of the time, when chord progressions […]

Writing a Melody That Partners With Your Lyric

Getting a song melody right can really make your lyrics come to life. Here are some ideas. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base. _____________ No song element works on its own. To write a good melody you need to be considering the chords that will accompany it and the […]

Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games”: Chord Cleverness

Even minimal differences between verse and chorus progressions is often all that’s needed. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ In the less-is-more world of modern pop song balladry, success is often in the subtleties. Songs sometimes make their greatest impact when you have to go back and listen several […]

A Guideline for Song Form and Design

No two songs are the same, but here are the basic design elements that show up in most hit songs. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base. _____________ Songwriting, especially in the pop song world, is a tricky tightrope act. On the one hand, every song you write needs […]

10 Quick Tips For Safeguarding Your Songs

Without protection, you can be giving people opportunities to steal or exploit your music. Here’s how to safeguard your songs. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ Any song you write, and in fact anything you write, is automatically protected by copyright. There is no need to apply for it. Unfortunately, […]