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Two Simple Tricks to Make Your Song Stand Out From the Rest

Visit the Online Store for all your songwriting materials, including “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBooks, plus the video-based “Easy Music Theory” course. Songwriters have a tricky relationship with predictability. A successful song is usually one that is innovative enough to stand out from all other songs, but similar enough to everything else (i.e., predictable enough) that […]

What Songwriters Can Learn From Apple Inc. About Song Intros

Think of a song’s intro as “packaging” that eventually reveals the product. ____________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle comes with this FREE eBOOK: “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. 7 Songwriting eBooks for $37 _____________ There is a part of Steve Job’s biography, written by Walter Isaacson, that might just have a […]

Song Tempo, and How it Affects Song Meaning

Experimenting with tempo can provide interesting subtext to your music that you hadn’t considered. ____________ Purchase “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle TODAY, and receive your free eBook “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. _____________ Here’s a quick little experiment: listen to Willie Nelson’s version of “Always On My Mind.” Now listen to the same […]

Does Your Song’s Intro Pass the Interest Test?

An intro gives you 10 seconds to prove that the rest of the song is worth listening to. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. _____________ The average length of a song intro these days is between 10 and 15 seconds. Another way of looking […]

5 Great Song Intro Ideas

In songwriting, you really only get a few seconds to impress the listener enough to make them want to keep listening. If you haven’t done something that captivates them within the first 7 – 10 seconds, you’ll lose them. It’s why intros can be such an important section, and require some serious thought. If all […]

Starting a Song: So Little Time to Make an Impression

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle is available now at a 50% savings! ________________________________ It’s impossible to know exactly how long listeners will stick with a bad song intro before moving on, but it’s […]