Chord Progressions That Create a Walking Bass line

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and open your mind! Become the songwriter you’ve always wanted to be! ____________________ A walking bass is simply a bass line that moves primarily by step (tones and semitones), with a few leaps thrown in. Certain genres use a walking bass more than others; it’s most […]

Generating Song Energy With Delayed Gratification

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”. It’s supposed to be FUN to become the best songwriter you can be! ___________________ Most of the time when we think about song energy we think about fast tempos, loud dynamics, and busy rhythms. Any single one, or combination, of those elements will usually pump up the power of […]

Ideas for Completing your Half-Written Songs

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”. It’s supposed to be FUN to become the best songwriter you can be! ___________________ Everyone who writes music has got tons of musical fragments that have gone nowhere. I mentioned in yesterday’s article that writers need to be “sketching” all the time. But it can get depressing when your […]

Tips & Tricks: Writing a Song that Doesn't Use a Chorus

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Here’s how to get your songs working right away! ______________ It may be your normal way of writing to automatically go for a verse-chorus design, possibly  because the chorus (particularly the title) offers great potential for a hook. For many songs, the hook is a crucial aspect […]

Between Inspiration and Hard Work, the Latter Always Wins

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”. It’s FUN to become the best songwriter you can be! ____________________ There’s a great quote from the late American composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein (“West Side Story”, “Candide”, etc) that sums up how inspiration figures into the life of a composer: “Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must […]

The Most Important Question Songwriters Should Be Asking

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and enhance your songwriting abilities! ____________ Being successful in the songwriting industry means carefully walking a line, a line that delineates between being too creative and too predictable. It’s one of the toughest things to do. Once you’ve written a song that really works well, and […]