5 Songwriting Ideas That Create Tension-Release

Tension and release –  it’s what keeps people listening. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ The “tension and release” concept in songwriting is one of those things that most listeners aren’t overtly aware of. Because it’s not as simple as, for example, music getting louder, though that can be […]

Songwriting and the Value of “Snapshot Analysis”

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ Whether it’s writing a 4-minute song or a 3-hour long opera, a composer’s task is to take the listener on a musical journey. And while composing a complete opera might seem to be a daunting undertaking, there are particular challenges that […]

Generating Song Energy With Delayed Gratification

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”. It’s supposed to be FUN to become the best songwriter you can be! ___________________ Most of the time when we think about song energy we think about fast tempos, loud dynamics, and busy rhythms. Any single one, or combination, of those elements will usually pump up the power of […]

Designing the Energy Level of your Song

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: When writing songs, the most important aspect of energy to realize is that it isn’t a constant force; it changes from moment to moment. It’s a bit like the wind in that respect. On a windy day, we usually can notice that the wind speed […]

Songwriting Principle No. 6: All Song Elements Must Work TOGETHER

Many songwriters become fixated on one aspect of a song, to the detriment of the others. In my experience, more songwriters worry about their chord progressions than anything else. If you find chords hard to come up with, that fixation may make sense. But the most important element of a song may not actually be any […]