Singer-Songwriter

The Snapshot That Represents Your Song

I’ve got several analogies I like to use to represent what’s going on when we write songs. Sometimes I find it useful to compare it to going for a walk or a short journey. That’s a useful comparison because it emphasizes the fact that, like taking a walk, we are aware that songs have a […]

Music Studio Sound Board

Coming Up With Ideas to Take You From Writing a Song to Recording It

Once your song is written and you’re ready to record it, you’ll hopefully still find opportunities to to make it even better. Most of the time, rehearsing your song with bandmates gives you that opportunity. For most good songs in the pop genres, getting a hook working properly is vital. “Hooks and Riffs: How They […]

Guitarist - songwriter

Songwriting: Creating Instant Gratification

One thing all pop music subgenres have in common, with the possible exception of progressive rock, is that the songs are short. Most of the time you need to offer your audience a complete work of artistic expression that lasts four minutes or less. In the creative arts, that’s not very long. Back in the […]

keyboard player and songwriter

Making Sure Your Song Melodies are Memorable

It’s the holy grail of songwriting: writing a melody that everyone comes to know, and everyone walks down the street humming. Well, we can dream, can’t we? In order to write a melody that everyone (potentially) hums, you need to write a melody that is easy to remember. And then it needs to be more […]

Sad songs

Don’t Fear Failure: Embrace It

If you do research into songwriter’s block (which I’ve done, and have the book to show for it), you’ll find out that one of the biggest causes of this common problem is a fear of failure. “Hooks and Riffs: How They Grab Attention, Make Songs Memorable, and Build Your Fan Base” shows you how a good […]