Five Steps to Better Songwriting

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: The previous article dealt with the benefits that result from setting aside a regular time to do your songwriting. But that’s just one thing you can do to make your songs even better. There are at least five activities you can do that will improve your […]

Does it Work to Force Yourself to Write?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: When your musical ideas dry up, it’s like a bad itch that doesn’t seem to respond to scratching. And the drought can last for months or longer. Some advocate forcing yourself to write even if you don’t feel like it. Does that work? Yes, even […]

Have You Tried Your Melody in the Opposite Mode?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: Like most songwriters, you’re probably looking for ways to look at melody construction. One aspect of melody-writing that we don’t think that much about is what it sounds like in the opposite mode. Here’s what I mean by that. Let’s say that your melody is […]

How to Substitute One Chord for Another

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: One way to inject some interest into your chord progressions is to experiment with substituting one chord for another. But rather than making it a mindless activity, consider chord categories. The three basic categories that we will consider for this article are thetonic, dominant, and predominant […]

Chords and Speed

by Gary Ewer All it takes is one glitch with your chord progression, and your song can die the death. And one aspect of harmonizing your song that isn’t considered enough is the song’s tempo. Here’s how that works. In short, here’s the basic rule: the faster your song, the fewer chords it needs. And […]

Let Me Introduce My Song

by Gary Ewer. The ideas in these blog articles are the sorts of ideas you’ll find in Gary Ewer’s Songwriting e-books: A favourite pet peeve of mine is the mindless sort of one-chord intro that gets stuck onto the front end of an otherwise pretty good tune. Your song deserves better. If you’ve got the imagination to create […]