Jason Aldean

Don’t Go Overboard With the Contrast Principle

Musicians and psychologists hold slightly different practical definitions for what is known as the contrast principle. A good description of a psychologist’s use of the term might be something like the following, which comes from the JackMalcom.com website: If you put your left hand into a bucket of cold water, and your right into hot water, […]

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How Much Contrast Does a Good Song Need?

We know that creating contrast is an important principle in the structure of good songwriting. Contrast is naturally sought by listeners, and they’re not usually aware that they’re seeking it. When melodies are low, we assume they’ll move higher. When music is soft, we expect that something louder is going to happen. If you listen […]

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How Pop Music Uses the Contrast Principle

The element of contrast in music has been around for centuries. And still around today. Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Deluxe Bundle, and take your songwriting further than you’ve ever taken it before. Discover the secrets of writing better melodies, chords, lyrics, and more. GET TODAY’s BUNDLE DEAL. If you look back into […]

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A Visual Comparison of Verse and Chorus Song Melodies

Discover the 11 secrets that pro songwriters have known for decades. “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook DELUXE Bundle is being used by thousands of songwriters to take their music to a new level of excellence. Get today’s deal. It’s relatively easy to hear the difference between verse and chorus chord progressions. Mainly, chorus progressions are shorter and […]

Using Contrasting Elements to Keep Listeners Interested

Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle – a COMPLETE guide to writing better songs. _____________ It has always been the case that the job of a singer-songwriter is not just to convince people to click the play button, but to keep them listening. It could be argued that it’s easier to entice a […]

What Should Chords in a Song’s Bridge Do?

If songs are a musical journey, the most interesting part of the trip is often in the bridge. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle – Take your songwriting to a whole new level! _____________ The contrast principle is a large part of what makes music successful. That principle simply says that good […]