What Comes First, Words or Music?

GUEST POST by MARKUS RILL Markus Rill is a singer-songwriter from Germany. He has just released his 8th album “My Rocket Ship” on Blue Rose Records and tours all over Europe and the US. Music at markusrill.bandcamp.com. More info at www.markusrill.net, in the blog at rocknrill.tumblr.com, www.facebook.com/markusrill, www.twitter.com/markusrill __________ One of the most commonly asked […]

The Best Gift

To all my blog followers, I wish you a wonderfully merry Christmas filled with happiness, and hope that you are able to spend a relaxing time with family and friends. As songwriters, you have the ability to create and share the best possible gift: the gift of music. There is nothing quite like the amazing […]

The Good and the Bad of Songwriting Formulas

Some thoughts (and posts) regarding songwriting formulas – when they’re good, and when they’re not. _______________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle: Songwriting instruction that’s powerful and effective! _________________ Not all formulas that pertain to songwriting are bad. But you need to know that following a formula means that to a certain degree you’re giving listeners […]

5 Tips for Writing a Great Christmas Tune

Keep these 5 things in mind, and you should be able to create your own holiday favourite! ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base! _____________ When you think about your childhood, it’s quite likely that music plays a large role in how you remember those times. For those who celebrate Christmas, that […]

Connecting Verse and Chorus Chord Progressions

Verses and choruses are often different, but it’s crucial that they sound connected. Chord progressions can do that for you. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ Some songs use the same melody and chord progression for the verse and chorus. But those songs are in the minority; for most […]

Reducing Instruments in a Song Intro Keeps People Listening

The intro can be the most important part of a song; if you don’t grab the listener quick, they’ll move on. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ Back in the days of the early Classical musicians, say around 1750 or so, a composer would write an intro to their […]