Four Hints For Writing an Effective Hook

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Fixing just one or two things can turn your songs into killer hits. Read more here. ___________ Not every song has a hook that will jump out at you. But if you find your song is lacking something that draws the listener in, a […]

Five Ways to Make Your Song Even Better

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Click here to learn how to take your songs from OK to AMAZING. ___________ From “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: You could already be writing killer songs, and not even know it! Just because you’ve finished a song, don’t assume that it can’t […]

A New Take on the I-IV-V-I Progression

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Gary Ewer’s songwriting e-books will get you writing songs, and can help stamp out writer’s block for good. Click here to read more. _____________ You’ve often heard me say that one of the problems with chord progressions is that they can often be too complex. […]

How Long Should a Chord Progression Be? Five Tips to Guide You

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Gary Ewer is the author of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” suite of e-books. Those e-books will get you writing the songs you’ve always wanted to write. Click here to improve your songwriting skills. ______________ Chords form the underlying landscape upon which we construct melodies. […]

Five Things to Do When You Don't Feel Like Writing a Song

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. ____________ It can be tough, especially during the holidays, to get the ambition to write your next song. There’s lots to inspire you (love, friendship, a wish for peace, etc.), but holidays have a way of disrupting your normal writing schedule. If you feel […]

How to Use Symmetry to Make a Song More Memorable

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. ____________ Symmetry occurs when matching items either face each other, or if they are placed equally distant on opposite sides of a midpoint. For songwriters, symmetry occurs when elements of a song repeat, especially applying to aspects of melody, lyric or form that occur […]