Swapping Major and Minor Harmonies to Create Contrast

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Great Songs Come From Mixing Opposites Together

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Rhythmic Contrast of Diana Vicker's "Once"

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • Check out “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle ______________________ Contrast is the songwriting element that pulls a listener in and keeps them interested. It’s easy to consider contrast when thinking about melodies: choruses […]

Rhythmic Contrast: The Long and the Short of It

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER Purchase “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” bundle and get a free e-book. Make songwriting enjoyable again! ______________________________________________ The contrast principle has been mainstay of music composition for centuries. Basically, the principle states that whatever you choose to do in one […]

Eleven Principles of Songwriting

By Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: In yesterday’s article I spoke about the contrast principle, indicating that contrasting various elements within a song is a crucial part of keeping a listener’s interest. In my book “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” I outline eleven different principles that all work together when a […]

Songwriting, and the Contrast Principle

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