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 […]

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, […]