Creating Melodic Symmetry to Strengthen Song Structure

Reversing the direction of a melodic line can give a sense of symmetry to your song, and make it easier to remember. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ Canadian singer-songwriter Lights (Lights Valerie Poxleitner) writes music that demonstrates two songwriting principles that work […]

Chord Modifications for Songs with the Same Verse/Chorus Melodies

Songs can use the same melody for both the verse and the chorus. It’s all in the lyric you write. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ Most songs use one melody, chord progression and lyric for the verse, and a different set […]

Has Technology Changed the Length of a Song Intro?

Keeping in mind how quickly a listener can change songs today, has technology been changing the standard length of a song intro? ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ Technology has been catering to the short attention span of humans, and it’s […]

5 Factors Affecting Your Songs’ Longterm Staying Power

Thoughts on why some songs get airplay decades after being written and performed, and why others die a quick death. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base, starting right now! _____________ The hope of every songwriter is not just to write something that has relevance and market value today. […]

Verse Structure in “Irresistible Force” (Jane’s Addiction)

Don’t make the automatic assumption that Verse 2 needs to be the same as Verse 1. You have options. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base, starting right now! _____________ When we talk about songs in a verse/chorus-bridge format, we tend to make the automatic assumption that all the […]

Creating “Partnered” Chord Progressions, With 6 Examples

Most songs have different chord progressions for each section. Here’s how to help them connect to each other. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base, starting right now! _____________ Good song structure is the successful working-together of many different song components, including melody, harmony and lyrics, to name but […]