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Group Improvisation Ideas to Write Better Songs

Most songwriting processes use improvisation to some degree. Early in the process, improvising can seem aimless and futile. There’s a good reason for that: the best songs are a partnership of ideas. And since you’re just starting, most of the ideas you and your bandmates are coming up with might not be communicating with each other. […]

Songwriting, and that Nagging Problem of Confirmation Bias

Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle, along with a FREE copy of “Creative Chord Progressions.” _____________ One of the reasons bands, singer-songwriters and other recording musicians hire producers is because they are able to listen to the music objectively and make decisions that the writer might be unable to make. A producer can tailor your song […]

Is It Time to Move On to Your Next Song?

Not everything needs to be decided at the songwriting stage; save some decisions for the recording studio. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. (Get “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” FREE right now) _____________ It may seem a bit weird to be addressing this issue: how do […]

10 Tips for Increasing Your Audience Base

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ For most songwriters, especially ones who consider their art to be a potential money-making business, increasing listenership is crucial. It’s fine if your aim is to simply write songs for yourself and a small group of friends, and then sing […]

Song Analysis: Hey Rosetta!’s “Yer Spring”

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Here’s how to get your songs working right away! __________________ Recently CBC Radio’s premiere arts & entertainment show, “Q“, with host Jian Ghomeshi, featured award-winning Newfoundland indie group Hey Rosetta! performing “Yer Spring” from their newly-released album “Seeds.” The album is simply fantastic, a model for […]

Balancing the Strange With the Predictable

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-book bundle, and FINE-TUNE your songwriting skills! ________________________ Most of the songs that become hits in any generation display a mixture of innovative elements with a dose of predictability. But in fact, the balance is very much toward the predictable. Most hit songs sound, in their day, like most […]