Writing Like You Belong To Today's Music World

“The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle covers every aspect of songwriting, from creating chord progressions, to writing melodies and lyrics, and much more. Now with a 7th FREE eBook. Read more… ______________ It’s a quandary for “older” songwriters: you spend years, even decades, trying to improve your writing skills. It’s not easy… it takes time. But […]

Creating a Song Melody With No Climactic Moment

There are times when a climactic moment in a song melody may not be necessary. ___________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and become the songwriter you always thought you should be. ___________ Bruce Springsteen has released a new studio album, “High Hopes“, and I’ve been giving it a thoroughly enjoyable listen. The […]

Writing Songs That Don’t Use a Chorus

  Bruce Springsteen’s classic tune “Thunder Road”, from his 1975 album “Born To Run”, is a great model for study if you’re trying to get a handle on writing a song that doesn’t use a chorus. Though the song steers clear of the standard verse-chorus-bridge format typical of so many songs in the popular music […]

The Pop Song and the Hook: Creating Memorable Music

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ I am not one of those who believes that every song must have a strong hook. Some songs are like fine wine: their appeal grows over time, and in those songs the hook is not clear or distinct. But it’s […]

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 […]

Does a Song Need a Hook?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. You can find Gary’s songwriting e-books here. ______________ Do a quick online search about songwriting, and many times you’ll read some variation on this sentence: “A song must have a hook.” Depending on what you mean by the word, that could be true. But if […]