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 […]

Alex Clare’s “Too Close”: Thinking in Melodic Phrases

Shortening up the length of musical phrases helps create a natural musical intensity. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and solve your songwriting problems TODAY. _____________ Simplicity is one of the most important aspects of good songwriting. Simplicity ensures that your audience will remember what you’ve written, and simplicity makes certain that they’ll be able […]

Creating Musical Excitement By Changing Key

Moving your song from one key to another between the verse and chorus is a great energy builder. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career. _____________ How do you entice a listener to keep listening? What do you do as a songwriter to ensure that someone who starts listening to […]

Composing Verse and Chorus Melodies That Work Well Together

There’s a knack to creating a chorus that sounds like the logical answer to a verse. Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” e-book bundle. Your songs could be that close to being hits. _________________ Songs usually have several melodies that need to partner well together. And not just partner well — a good verse melody […]