In Melody Writing, Is It Possible To Use Too Many Notes?

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle, and become a top-level songwriter! __________________ It’s probably not something you think about a lot: how many notes did you use to write the melody of your latest song? What we’re probably most concerned with in songwriting is keeping melodies within a singable range. Is there […]

Our New Child, Arguably My Best Work Yet

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! _____________ I hope you will all permit me a short, slightly off-topic post for today before I get back to the world of musical composition. I am delighted to announce that my wife, Catherine, and I have an addition to our family: […]

Can Studying Old Hit Songs Help Us Today?

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle and discover how to write great songs. It’s important to stay current in the songwriting world, and be familiar with what the new music of today sounds like. It keeps you up-to-date particularly with the sound and performance style of today’s music, which is always changing. […]

From a 3-Chord Song to Something More Complex

Whether simple or complex, a chord progression represents a musical journey that starts at home (the tonic chord), moves away (some other chord), then returns home. This little journey happens many times throughout a song, and the various landmarks you visit during the journey are represented by the different chords you choose. One way or […]

Balancing Inspiration and Work Ethic in Songwriting

Open Up Your CREATIVE MIND! – Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle and START WRITING GREAT SONGS! It’s hard for non-writers of music to believe that musical composition can happen without inspiration. Surely songs can only be written if the songwriter feels the muse, that musical urge, that flash of revelation. Sometimes, it really […]

4 Ways to Improve Your Musical Ear

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • Check out “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle ______________________ Training one’s musical ear is a source of great frustration to many songwriters. A well-developed musical ear is a vital part of improving one’s […]