When You've Got Killer Lyrics, Other Elements Can Step Back

“The lyrics on “There’s a Reason” are wonderful, and on first listen you’d swear you’re listening to Dylan…” Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Check out Gary Ewer’s Songwriting e-books here. Follow Gary on Twitter You’ve probably got the instinct of most songwriter’s out there, which is to ensure that […]

Writing Chord Progressions – It's Supposed to be Simple

“If the chord that follows sounds like it came out of left-field, you’ve probably got a chord progression with a problem.” Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. (Check out his songwriting and chord progression e-books.) Follow Gary on Twitter My motto for songwriters is: Songs need to grab attention; chord progressions need […]

How to Write an Anthem

“Everyone seems to agree that “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is an anthem and “Shake Your Booty” isn’t.” Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website Follow Gary on Twitter An anthem is one of those kinds of songs that comes under the heading of, “Hard to define, but you’ll recognize it when […]

Using Implied Chords to Lighten Instrumental Textures

“Implied chords are used by performers as a way of lightening up the music texture… you can build the song’s energy in a natural way.” Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website Follow Gary on Twitter With even just a simple guitar accompaniment, you have a tremendous variety of sounds to […]

Balancing the Major/Minor Focus of Your Chord Progressions

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website Follow Gary on Twitter One of the more important preliminary decisions you make as a songwriter is to settle on a key. And that means you’re either going to choose major or minor. But why not try something that the writers of Jordin Sparks’ […]

Five Questions You Must Answer Before Writing Your Next Song

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website Follow Gary on Twitter Many of you know that I often compare writing a song with going for a walk. Songs are like journeys, and we take listeners on that journey with us. But without a plan, that journey can leave the listener feeling confused and […]