Using Octave Displacement to Avoid Verse-Chorus Sameness

Moving a chorus melody an octave higher can help differentiate it from a similar-sounding verse melody. There’s a sneaky little problem that can creep into a song as you write it, something that often escapes detection. The only thing you’re likely to notice is that the song seems tiresome and over-long, but you can’t figure […]

What to Do About Verse 2

In the process of songwriting, many songwriters actually start with the chorus. That’s because the chorus tends to use shorter, stronger (and simpler) chord progressions, hooky melodies that use repeating ideas, and emotional lyrics. By comparison, the verse can be a bit more of a challenge. You need lyrics that describe people and/or situations, and […]

A Song’s Climactic Moment Needs Careful Placement

A climactic moment is an important part of the energy plan of your song. _________ Check out “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-Ebook Bundle – Powerful and effective songwriting instruction! _________ The more even the energy map of a song is, the more important a climactic moment becomes. A lot of people think they know […]

Other Song Elements that “Progress”

“Progression” in music causes expectations. What things other than chords progress in your songs? _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. _____________ The idea of chords progressing is a well-known one to us. But other song elements also progress. I’ve mentioned in this blog many times […]

The Emotional Nature of Bridge Lyrics

A well-written bridge lyric will boost the basic energy of your song in a very natural way. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. _____________ For each section of your song, the lyric will take on a different characteristic. That’s because the changing nature of […]

Writing Verse Melodies That Beg For a Chorus

Songs need to build energy in the verse and release it in the chorus. Here’s how. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and solve your songwriting problems TODAY. _____________ There is a characteristic of verse melodies that I describe as “begging for the chorus.” All that means is that there appears to be a kind […]