Learning Melody Writing from 2000-Year Old Music

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! _____________ It’s fascinating for a songwriter to look back almost two thousand years into the “ancient DNA” of songwriting. You would be hard pressed to listen to Gregorian Chant and hear any similarity to the music being written by today’s songwriters. But […]

5 Chord Progression Suggestions for a Song’s Bridge

A bridge, which usually comes after a second chorus, accomplishes three things: 1) it intensifies song energy by presenting new melodies that are typically higher, louder and busier; 2) it explores more complex harmonic progressions; and 3) it presents new lyrics that alternate quickly between situation/description and emotional response. In short, a bridge gives a song […]

Working Backwards Creates Better Songs

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and get a new perspective on how great songs get written! _____________ If you were going to take a trip somewhere, it would be a bit strange to set out without having any idea of where you’re going. In fact, that kind of trip usually gets called a […]

5 Ways to Make a Verse Melody Beg for a Chorus

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! _____________ The successful song is, quite simply, the one that entices the listener to keep listening. In other words, songs that work are ones that cause us to think that something great is about to happen: you don’t want to stop listening […]

Writing Song Intros that Can Do Double-Duty

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! _____________ The main purpose of a song intro is to set up the basic feel and mood of what’s about to happen. It’s during the intro that you establish the key, tempo, and rhythmic foundation of the song. There’s another use for […]

Using a Flat-VII Chord in Your Song’s Progressions

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! _____________ Altered chords are ones that don’t naturally exist in your song’s key. If you were writing them out using musical notation you would see that an altered chord always uses accidentals – sharps or flats. An altered chord adds flavour to the […]