music, photography rule of thirds

Applying the Rule of Thirds to Songwriting

When you talk about thirds to a musician, you’re usually talking about the space between two notes, like C to E, or D to F, and so on. In photography, the so-called “rule of thirds” is completely different: it refers to dividing an image into thirds using two vertical lines and two horizontal lines. If […]

Sixpence None the Richer - Kiss Me

Where Should a Song’s Climactic Moment Occur?

Many songs have what could be called its “climactic moment”: a spot where musical energy seems to be at its peak. In many songs, it sits there at the beginning of the chorus (“Firework”), sometimes in the middle (“Let It Be”), and sometimes near the end. (“Wichita Lineman”). Sometimes finding that moment may not be obvious. […]

Alan Parsons - Time

Increasing Musical Momentum By Extending a Verse

For songs in a verse-only format, the verse has to act as a complete musical journey. It doesn’t have a chorus to rely on to provide extra musical excitement. In addition to the challenge of making a verse feel complete, verse-only songs run the risk of being overly repetitive. To avoid excessive repetition, many verse-only […]

When Song Melodies Fail: 5 Errors to Avoid

Struggling to build an audience base? “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” shows you every aspect of what makes a great song great. Read more.. ______________ A melody needs to partner well with the chords that support it, and the lyrics that get attached to it. For that reason, it’s difficult to be precise about what a […]

How to Give a Song Chorus a Shot of Energy

Song choruses that sound boring will almost always relate to a problem with melodic range. Here’s what to do about that. ____________ Get Gary Ewer’s 6-eBook bundle, “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”, and give your songs a professional polish. ____________ You may have noticed from time to time a problem that keeps happening in your songwriting: the […]

What Makes a Melody Resonate With an Audience?

Repetition, along with a carefully-placed climactic moment, allows melodies to make a strong connection to listeners. _____________ Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. _____________ If you look at some of pop music’s greatest melodies — and by “pop” I mean the broader definition of anything written […]