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 […]

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Balancing Innovation and Predictability in Songwriting

It’s a normal desire for songwriters to place a high priority on building a fan base. Your purpose in writing might be to express your thoughts and opinions in your own musical style – whether or not it makes friends or enemies – but it’s rare to do that with no thought to bringing a […]

Adjudicating Today – New Blog Post Tomorrow

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying 3 days of adjudicating at the Truro (Nova Scotia) Music Festival. It’s mainly concert bands that I’ve been listening to, and the festival gives me the opportunity to do workshops with the students. We are certainly blessed with some very fine, dedicated music teachers who work hard to bring out and […]

Essential Secrets of Songwriting Bundle

Songwriting eBook Bundle Sale On Right Now

Just a quick note for you – I have a total of 10 songwriting ebooks that I sell on my online store. The price of the entire set (the “Deluxe Bundle”) has been cut. You can now purchase that entire bundle at $10 off the normal price. That sale started today (Feb. 11, 2016) and […]

Songwriting and the Fear of Not Being Great

If you’re a songwriter, you’ve already dealt with writer’s block. Everyone feels it in its mildest form at least, and most feel it from time to time at a moderate level. For some, writer’s block becomes severe; it digs its heels in and lasts for months or longer, and can be debilitating. It may seem […]

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Why Should Melodies Move Higher From Verse to Chorus?

There’s one common characteristic that exists between the different music genres of pop, rock, country, folk and their related subgenres: they all usually use a singer. There are instrumental tunes, of course, but not that many. For most songwriters, it’s all about writing a melody that’s going to get sung. ________ What are you using […]