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

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ Three part ABA songs are ones that usually have no chorus. They normally consist of one long “verse” that presents a main melody, a contrasting melody, and a return to the first main tune. There are two perfect models for […]

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 […]

Balancing the Strange With the Predictable

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Ditching a Songwriting Formula and Feeling Good About It

If you find yourself ever using the phrase, “my favourite formula,” while describing your songwriting process, you might be actually identifying a problem that keeps you from building a solid audience base. A formula is a method or procedure for how a song typically comes into being. If you’ve used one method a lot more […]