The Good and the Bad of Formula Writing

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER Clean up your songwriting technique. Purchase “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” bundle and get a free e-book. _________________ A song with no repeating elements will usually be a song that fails. Repetition is a crucial part of a song’s success. […]

The Tension-Release Principle of Songwriting

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Clean up your songwriting technique. Purchase “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” bundle and get a free e-book. _________________ What keeps a listener listening? If you can’t answer that question, your songs may be relegated to the dust-heap of music history, along with all the […]

Comparing Verse and Chorus Structure

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” e-book bundle, and learn to write great songs. _____________________________ We usually use the word “progression” when we talk about the process of one chord moving to another. But songwriters would be well advised to consider […]

Pop Songs: What Checking the Fossil Record Can Do For Us

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” e-book bundle, and learn to write great songs. ____________ You might wonder why someone like me, with an interest in how today’s pop songs work, finds the music of Brahms or Beethoven (1800s) relevant to […]

Writing a Compound Chorus: Beyoncé's "Single Ladies"

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Check out Gary Ewer’s songwriting e-books– Get the most out of your songwriting abilities, and start writing hit songs! __________ A compound chorus is one which uses two or more distinct melodies and lyrics, each of which include the necessary characteristics of a chorus. […]

Too Much of a New (or Old) Thing Makes a Song Boring

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Learn all the secrets of how to write great songs by checking out these books. ____________ As a hit songwriter, your most important goal is to write songs that keep people humming. Without that crucial something that grabs the listener, your song will get […]