John Mayer's "Paper Doll" – Why the Melody Works So Well

Repetition and contrast provide melodic strength to “Paper Doll”. _______________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 eBook Bundle, and get “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” free. _______________________ John Mayer’s “Paper Doll”, from his recent “Paradise Valley” album (released in August, 2013), is a beautiful tune that shows songwriters how melodic motifs […]

8 Ways of Creating Contrast Between Song Sections

The contrast principle is centuries old. Here’s how to apply it to today’s music. ____________ Purchase “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get this eBook FREE OF CHARGE: “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. _____________ Contrast has been an important aspect of musical composition for centuries. Back in the days of the Classical […]

Balancing Repetition With Contrast – How is That Done?

Repetition and contrast are opposites, so how do you use both concepts in the same song? _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and solve your songwriting problems TODAY. _____________ In the most recent edition of the “Songwriter’s Quick Tips Newsletter”, I wrote an article about how to create songs that bring together the important concepts […]

10 Reasons That Songs Fail, and How to Fix Them

Just one problem can sink a song’s chances to connect with listeners. Here’s 10 of the most common problems, with easy fixes. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ When a song just flows out of you, so easily that you wonder how the heck that happened, […]

Working Major and Minor Keys Into the Same Song

Moving back and forth between major and minor within the same song gives a really great sense of contrast and balance. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ Using opposite elements within a song is an important feature of good songwriting. One easy […]

Why the Contrast Principle is Crucial in Songwriting

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ Contrast is a feature of music that puts opposite ideas in fairly close proximity to each other. A quiet verse becoming a loud chorus, a low melody moving higher, a minor section moving to a major one… these are all typical […]