Foo Fighters - Rope

Why Avoiding the Tonic Note in Verse Melodies Creates Musical Tension

Written by Gary Ewer (Follow Gary on Twitter) “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook Bundle To create musical tension means that we’re writing/playing music that makes listeners think that something more exciting is right around the corner. Musical tension includes anticipation of a climactic moment in the very near future. And that sense of anticipation is what keeps an […]

A Guideline for Creating and Using Fragile Progressions

Fragile progressions have a charm that really works well in song verses. Here’s how to create them. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ In simple terms, chord progressions are either strong or fragile. A strong progression clearly and unambiguously points to one chord as being the tonic, while a […]

Forward Motion, and 5 Ways to Create It

Forward motion grabs listeners, and keeps them listening. Here are some ideas for how to create it. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and discover how the world’s best songs can help you improve! _____________ There are several words and terms relating to songwriting that get used almost interchangeably: forward motion, momentum, energy, power, […]

How Tension and Release Creates Successful Songs

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and get your songwriting career going! _____________ I’ve been listening to Foo Fighter’s fantastic new hit, “Rope“, from their newly released album “Wasting Light”, and it got me thinking about song energy, and specifically about the issue of tension and release. “Rope” is a relentlessly powerful tune, […]