Top 5 Song Intros, And What We Can Learn From Them

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Download Gary’s Songwriting E-books here. _____________ A song intro has a fairly simple task: to pull the listener into the song. There are several ways to do this: 1- establishing a melodic hook; 2- setting up a rhythmic/harmonic hook, or 3- establishing a general […]

What Kind of Hook Will Work in Your Song?

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” suite of e-books. Six texts that show you everything you need to know about songwriting, at a 50% saving. ___________ We usually think that the hook of a song is the chorus: the part of the song everyone […]

Assembling Songs from Bits of Tunes

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Get the e-books that are turning songs into hits. ____________ What does “A Day in the Life…” (The Beatles) and “No Sugar Tonight/ New Mother Nature” (The Guess Who) have in common? Both are songs that were created by putting two otherwise unrelated bits […]

Style: More Important than (almost) Any Other Aspect of Songwriting

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website Follow Gary on Twitter I get more questions and emails from people looking for that elusive killer progression, or killer melody, or killer anything in songwriting. But when it comes to communicating with the listener, it’s not what you’re singing, but how you’re singing it that really […]

Is "With a Little Help From My Friends" the Perfect Song?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: I believe the best songwriters in the world are the best listeners. You can spend a lot of time trying to come up with the next gem, but it’s the ones who really listen to successful songs, trying to figure out why they work, that […]

Maybe Your Song is Just Too Weird

All songs exhibit a balance between what could be thought of as typical traditional songwriting structures, and innovative elements. And this is quite a delicate balance; A song that has too many traditional elements risks being predictable and boring. And a song with too much innovation risks being just weird. It’s a dilemma because unless you can set your song […]