How Melodies Reflect the Form of a Song

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle to learn more about how to create melodies that work. _______________ When we think of a song’s melody, we’re often thinking of it in the singular. The fact is, however, that most songs use a variety of different melodies, each one hopefully connecting smoothly to the […]

Your Song, and Triple-Level Lyrics

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and discover the secrets of a good lyric! Song lyrics usually do two things: they describe situations, and they describe emotional responses. It’s typical for verse lyrics to be where you tell a story, explain what’s going on, and basically set the stage, pulling the listener into […]

4 Ideas For What to Do With Your Song's Bridge

The bridge, sometimes called the “middle 8”, is the section that typically sits directly after the second chorus in many songs. There can be many reasons for using a bridge in your song, and no matter what the reason, the main purpose is to offer new melodic and lyrical material that contrasts with the verse […]

Song Energy is Like the Stock Market – Up and Down

Get FANTASTIC RESULTS! – Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle and START WRITING GREAT SONGS! __________________ Song energy is at once a simple and complex concept. Simple, in the sense that it’s what gets your foot tapping and your body moving. Complex, in the sense that every component of a song, the obvious to the […]

How Do I Know if My Song's Structure is Working?

You can write a lot of songs without even thinking about “structure.” But if you’re not at least giving a passing thought to how the various elements your music are organized, you could be unintentionally confusing listeners, and ultimately turning them off. Structure, also known as form, governs everything from the overall formal plan (verse, […]

How to Generate Lyrical Excitement in Your Song's Bridge

In common usage, a bridge is the section of a song that usually comes after the second chorus: Verse 1 – Chorus – Verse 2 – Chorus – BRIDGE – Chorus – Chorus… You’ll sometimes see this section termed the “middle 8”, but the concept is the same: you’re looking for a way to provide […]