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 […]

Connecting Verse and Chorus By "Mirroring" Ideas

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and discover how SONG FORM MATTERS! You’ll find that songs have a higher success rate if you can replicate ideas throughout. We do this quite naturally, for example, when we use rhythm. The basic beat that the drums establish at the beginning is usually repeated throughout the […]