Starting the Songwriting Process With The Title

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! _____________ If you’re going through a bit of writer’s block these days, and you’re finding it hard to get anything started let alone finished, here’s an idea that’s bound to help: start with the creation of a song title, and then work frontwards […]

Songwriting: Creating Harmonic Tension and Release

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! _____________ How does tension and release work in the world of songwriting? Tension usually means creating an “artistic stress” that needs some sort of resolution. In yesterday’s blog posting I wrote about the crucial differences between verse and chorus design. In most cases, […]

5 Ways a Song’s Verse and Chorus Should Differ

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! _____________ There are important differences between verse and chorus structure in a song, differences that are not usually clearly obvious to the listener. But as a songwriter you need to get this bit of compositional architecture right. Done correctly, a verse features […]

The Value of Small-Scale Songwriting Tasks

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ It used to be that composers of music spent a great deal of time practicing the craft of musical composition. And I wonder how many songwriters today can make the claim that they practice their writing skills? Do you practice? It may be that […]

Chord Progressions: Changing the Starting Point

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ There are lots of ways to breathe new life into an old chord progression. We know, for example, that inverting a chord (i.e., putting a chord tone other than the letter name of the chord in the bass) can give an […]

5 Tips for Improving Your Lyrical Abilities

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ There are two important stages in the development of song lyrics. The first stage, which you might think of as the “conception stage“, is when you get your thoughts down on paper. The second stage, which you might call the “development […]