Building Song Energy by Avoiding, then Using, the Tonic Note

By saving the tonic note for the chorus, you create a pleasant sense of unrest in a verse, which equates to momentum. ____________________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle now includes a free copy of “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro.” ____________________ If you ask someone to sing a line from a […]

Song Energy is a Subtle Quality

Controlling song energy before you ever get to the studio gives great results. ______________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting 6-eBook Bundle“, and develop your songwriting skills. ______________ In almost every post I write, I make reference to “energy.” In many respects, most of the compositional principles you apply to your songwriting come down to […]

Isolating Important Pitches Helps Add Structure to Song Melodies

Do your song melodies feel like aimless wanderings? Good melodies need at least a couple of “focus notes”. _____________ Read more about “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, the songwriting eBook collection that thousands of songwriters are using every day. _____________ Many songwriters find melodies hard to write — not an intuitive, natural thing […]

For a Shot of Energy, Try Chorus-First Songs

Check out “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle – The enjoyment of songwriting starts with really understanding! ______________ If verse-chorus-bridge is your favourite format when composing songs, you already know its strength. There’s a natural energy build that comes from using that song form. That’s because the verse is usually lightly accompanied, with the […]

Writing Songs That Don’t Use a Chorus

  Bruce Springsteen’s classic tune “Thunder Road”, from his 1975 album “Born To Run”, is a great model for study if you’re trying to get a handle on writing a song that doesn’t use a chorus. Though the song steers clear of the standard verse-chorus-bridge format typical of so many songs in the popular music […]

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 […]