When the Feel of a Song is More Important Than Anything Else

Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle. Discover why great songs are great, and how to use those secrets in your own music. Buy today and get “Creative Chord Progressions” FREE. In the last post, we saw that contrast in modern pop music has a lot to do with melodic shape and chords, and not […]

Making Clear Differences Between Your Verse and Chorus

Contrast plays a crucial role in keeping listeners interested in your music. Here’s how. ______________  Take your songwriting to a new level of excellence. Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle, written by Gary Ewer. Get today’s FREE OFFER. Time to become the best songwriter you can be! Read more.. ______________ There’s been a principle in musical composition […]

Musical Momentum, and How to Create It

You’ve got a great song if listeners can hear contrasting elements throughout. Here’s how to do that. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. _____________ In almost every blog article I write, I make reference to song energy or momentum. But what is it? How important is it? Does […]

When a Song's Bridge Is – and Perhaps Isn't – Necessary

In songwriting, there’s nothing worse than feeling stuck for ideas. In a lot of cases of songwriter’s block, the culprit is not understanding basic song structure. “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle will lay out song form in a clear, easy-to-understand way, using sound samples to demonstrate. Read more.. _______________ A bridge is the section […]

How to Build Musical Anticipation

In music, anticipation is a vital part of what keeps people listening. _______________________ Get one of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook Bundle packages, and take your songwriting to a new level of excellence. For iPad, iPhone, desktop, laptop, or any other PDF-reading device. Read more.. _______________________ Follow Gary on Twitter We all know the word anticipation […]

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 […]