Recording Studio - Producer

Can You Analyze Improvised Songs?

A colleague of mine once told me about a performance of “new classical” music he had attended many years ago. On the concert was a piece called “Green Music.” Afterward, an audience member congratulated the composer, and said, “Wow, I really just kept picturing the colour green… How did you do that?!” Later, in confidence, the […]

The Moody Blues - Nights in White Satin

Going From Simple to Complex In Your Songwriting Process

“Nights in White Satin” (1967) is one of The Moody Blues’ biggest hits. Most people know it in its “single” version — a bit over 4 minutes in length. But its full-length version, complete with orchestral introduction and interlude by the London Festival Orchestra, is a multi-sectional work of more than 9 minutes – a […]

Lorde - Royals

5 Ways Your Song Can Be Improved By Singing It Unaccompanied

Singing a song unaccompanied — no instruments at all — is a great way to check your latest song melody out. Without the distraction of instruments, backing vocals or any other components, you get to hear the tune for what it is. It can be a really useful tool for song analysis. The free deal continues. Get […]

Guitar and piano

Working Flat-III, Flat-VI, and Flat-VII Into a Major Progression

First, a Bit of Basic Theory… For any given major key, there are 7 chords that occur naturally, one built on each note of the scale. In the key of C major, that gives you these chords: C Dm Em F G Am Bdim According to the very popular HookTheory website, the 3 most commonly […]

Songwriter guitar and paper

Ideas For Keeping a Songwriting Journal

If you play a musical instrument, it’s a no-brainer that you’ll spend a good deal of time practicing. But as a songwriter, you may not consider practicing to be a big part of improving your abilities. But practicing your songwriting is important. It doesn’t just hone skills, it helps keep writer’s block at bay by giving you […]

Creative Chord Progressions

New eBook: “Creative Chord Progressions”

I’ve just finished a new eBook for those of you who are looking for a creative solution to the chord progressions you’re experimenting with in your songs. “Creative Chord Progressions” is a free add-on to “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle, and is available now to new purchasers. It is in high-quality PDF format. [NOTE: If […]