Musical Success: “Design is how it works…”

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Kick-start your songwriting career, starting now. _________ The death of Steve Jobs has everyone in a bit of a stunned state of reflection. Like other iconic individuals whose life work has affected and influenced us so deeply, the ubiquity and immortality of their life’s work and product has […]

Starting the Songwriting Process With The Title

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Songwriting and Time Signatures: Time to Branch Out

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle, and build your audience base, starting right now. _________ The time signature you use determines the patterns of strong beats and weak beats in your songwriting – or vice versa! This usually happens without us giving it much of a thought. The vast majority of music from pop […]

Lennon, Cetera, and the Art of the 3-Part (ABA) Song

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Songwriting: The Many Ways to Hook A Listener

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career right now! ____________ A “hook” is any musical aspect that is repetitive, catchy and short. In reality, most songs contain many elements that are “hooky.” They range from the obvious (a repetitious song title) to the subtle (a background guitar riff.) Without […]

Without a Motif, a Song Hardly Has a Chance

Great songs SELL! – Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle and START WRITING GREAT SONGS! __________________ A motif is a short musical “idea” that serves as a crucial building block for a composition. While you might think I just described a hook, a motif differs by virtue of the fact that it can change […]