Song Analysis: Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi"

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting“. Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and improve your songwriting skills. ______________ Paparazzi is a recent single from Lady Gaga’s “Fame.” It’s written in a standard verse-chorus format, and it’s worth looking at various compositional elements, particularly chord progression and melodic shape. […]

Invert Melodic Shapes: Create a Connection Between Verse and Chorus

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” suite of 6 e-books shows you how to write great songs. (His newest e-book, “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting- Chord Progression Formulas” is being offered for free when you purchase any other of his songwriting e-books.) Let these six e-books […]

Create a Poignant Moment in Your Song with an Extended Measure

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Read about Gary’s songwriting e-books here. ____________ If you choose the typcial verse-chorus format for your song, it might suffer from the predictability that typcially comes with that form. One way to shake things up just a little is to try extending the length of […]

Chord Progressions that Change Key

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. __________________ A few days ago I wrote about ways that you can keep a song from getting stale on the listener, changing key (also known as modulating) being one possible way to achieve this. There are many ways to modulate, and depending on the style […]

What Does it Mean to "Keep a Song Fresh"?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Find his songwriting e-books here. __________________________ There are many catch-phrases bandied about in the world of songwriting, and you’ll often see the term “fresh” used when discussing the staying power of a song. Songs that make you feel bored by the second minute need an […]

Songwriting, and the Contrast Principle

Gary Ewer’s songwriting e-books show you every aspect of how great songs work, and why bad songs flop. If you’re stuck and can’t seem to finish anything you start, it may be time to take a step back and look at songwriting from a different perspective. __________________________________ If you compare music from different genres, it […]