Everything Old is New Again!

•Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter for website updates, songwriting tips and more. • Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” suite of songwriting e-books at a 50% savings. _____________________ I think J. S. Bach would have made a great pop songwriter if he had […]

A Songwriter's Creativity: It's All About How You Start

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” suite of songwriting e-books. _____________________ No songwriter wants to be writing tunes that are easily categorized. Most would rather have someone say, “Gee, you never know what to expect next with this writer!” There […]

How to Create Contrast in Verse-Only Designs

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. For songwriting tips and notification of blog updates, FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” suite of 6 e-books now at a 50% saving. _______________________________ While verse-chorus-bridge designs are possibly the most commonly used plans in the pop song world, the verse-without-chorus is […]

Layla: What a New Tempo Does to a Song

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. For songwriting tips and notification of blog updates, FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” suite of 6 e-books now at a 50% saving. _________________________________ It’s amazing how little you have to change a song’s presentation in order to come up with something […]

An Excerpt from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” e-book bundle. 6 E-books for only $37! _______________________ FROM CHAPTER 4: “Harmony” The Chord Muddle For many budding songwriters, their biggest setback is simply not knowing how chords go together. It’s almost as if […]

When to Fix a Song, and When to Toss It

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” e-book bundle. 6 E-books for only $37! _________________________ There are certain songwriters that appear to have nothing but great success. This is not reality, of course. We’re not usually acquainted with songs that miss […]