Changing Key Using A Common-Tone Modulation

Are you hitting your target audience? “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” will show you how to get your songs’ structural problems solved. ______________ Changing key (called modulation) in the middle of a song actually doesn’t happen very often in pop music genres, but there are several reasons why you might choose to do it. Usually […]

What Songwriters Need to Do To Hit the Target Audience

Are you hitting your target audience? “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” will show you how to get your songs’ structural problems solved. ______________ If you spend any amount of time analyzing hit songs from various genres, you know that there’s a sound that sells. That sound is changing all the time, of course. Hit songs […]

Does Music Theory Stunt a Songwriter’s Creativity?

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and be the best songwriter you can be! ______ Is it possible to create attractive, appealing song melodies without having a strong background in music theory? I believe it is, and I say that as a person who has had a career-long interest in teaching music […]

Songwriting: The Many Ways to Hook A Listener

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career right now! ____________ A “hook” is any musical aspect that is repetitive, catchy and short. In reality, most songs contain many elements that are “hooky.” They range from the obvious (a repetitious song title) to the subtle (a background guitar riff.) Without […]

Great Songs Come From Mixing Opposites Together

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career right now! ____________ You don’t get much time to grab your audience’s attention with a new song. Within seconds, listeners are judging what you’re putting out there, and unless something interesting has happened pretty much right away, you’ve lost your chance to […]

How Note Length Affects a Lyric’s Emotional Punch

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career right now! ____________ You’ve probably noticed that songs that stir up deep-set emotions commonly use slower tempos. A slower tempo means that note-lengths, in real time, will be longer. Generally speaking, longer notes have the potential to generate more emotion than shorter […]