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 […]

Practicing Your Songwriting Skills with UJAM.COM

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and discover why great songs are great! _________________ I’ve been playing around recently with a great online music application at UJAM.com. It allows you to sing or play a melody into your computer’s microphone, and within seconds will create a chord progression and a backing band to […]

Merry Christmas to All!

I want to take this opportunity to wish you all the best of the holiday season. No matter what your faith or beliefs, this is a perfect time of year to reflect on the things that make our lives worth living. I hope, in the midst of everything that keeps you busy, that you have […]