Five Things You Need to Know Before You Write Your Next Song

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: No one would ever pick up a tool to start building a house without having a complete blueprint in front of them. And while it’s unlikely (and frankly, unnecessary) to have a song’s complete blueprint in front of you as a starting point, it is […]

Creating Lyrics that Have a Natural Flow

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: If you want lyrics to sound natural, you need to sing them with the natural pulses that occur in spoken language. For songwriters, you need to match up the natural pulse of the lyric with the natural flow of your music. It may not be […]

If You Want Your Song to Sell, Your Melody Needs Shape

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: Many songwriters start the writing process by coming up with a chord progression, and then try to create a melody that works with it. The problem with this approach can be that the melody lacks shape, as the importance is placed on the progression first. […]

Is "With a Little Help From My Friends" the Perfect Song?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: I believe the best songwriters in the world are the best listeners. You can spend a lot of time trying to come up with the next gem, but it’s the ones who really listen to successful songs, trying to figure out why they work, that […]

How You Can Become a More Prolific Songwriter

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: For songwriters who are serious about writing, it’s not just the quality of the songs that’s important, but the number of quality songs they can churn out. While acknowledging that more doesn’t mean anything when it comes to quality, it’s good to be more than a […]

Lyric-Writing is an Art that Needs to be Practiced

by Gary Ewer, from”The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: You know, we could learn a lot from the famous artists out there, like  Da Vinci, Rembrandt or Monet. We look at their paintings and just assume they sat down and just started to paint. But in reality, most artists sketch out many preparatory attempts, before […]