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

Gary Ewer’s songwriting e-books show you every aspect of how great songs work, and why bad songs flop. If you’re stuck and can’t seem to finish anything you start, it may be time to take a step back and look at songwriting from a different perspective. __________________________________ If you compare music from different genres, it […]

How to Use Contrast to Make a Song More Interesting

When we talk about contrast in a song, we’re talking about the existence of opposites: one part of a song may be loud, another soft; one part may be loud, another soft. The concept of contrast has been part of music composition for hundreds of years, and so it doesn’t matter what genre of music you write […]

Songwriting Principle No. 1: Contrast Makes or Breaks Your Song

When I wrote “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”, I researched long and hard about what makes good songs; why some songs work so well, while others seem to fall flat. In my preparation for writing the book, I developed a list of what I considered to be the primary principles of successful songs. There are eleven of […]