A Speedwriting Challenge For Songwriters: Musical Bungee Jumping

How long does it take you to write a song? Time to have some fun: how about a song in less than 3 minutes? __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Write smarter – Tap into your creative mind. __________________ It’s often a useful exercise to change the way you write music, if only to […]

Changing How You Start a Song Makes Music Fresher

If you start every song the same way, it’s likely to make all your songs sound the same. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Become the best songwriter you can be! __________________ One thing most songwriters hate is to be labeled. To be labeled means that your music is sufficiently similar to other songwriters’ […]

The Most Common Reasons for Why Songs Fail

There’s not much difference between a song that works and one that doesn’t. You may be committing errors that are easily solved. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Write smarter – Tap into your creative mind. __________________ Selling a song (whether literally or figuratively) is like selling a piece of real estate. A piece […]

Turning a Musical Fragment Into a Completed Song

You’ve written a great musical line, but can’t seem to expand on it? Try these ideas. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Become the best songwriter you can be! __________________ There’s probably nothing that drives a songwriter crazier than coming up with a great musical line – a hook, a piece of melody, a […]

How Tempo Can Affect a Song’s Impact and Feel

Experimenting with the tempo of your songs may reveal hidden gems. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Become the best songwriter you can be! __________________ We don’t often talk about issues like tempo or performance style when focusing on songwriting itself, because they really are two different worlds; a song can be great, but […]

Songwriting Challenge: Can You Write a Melody That Uses Only 2 Notes?

Putting a limit on one song element forces you to think hard – about everything else. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Become the best songwriter you can be! __________________ Here’s an interesting challenge. Can you write a song melody that uses only 2 pitches? A few years ago, while I was teaching a […]