Getting a Song’s Foreground and Background In Proper Balance

When too many ideas are vying for attention, the result can be musical chaos. ____________________ Read more about how “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle can make you a top-level songwriter. ____________________ There’s a good reason why most of the walls in your house are off-white. Pale, featureless walls provide the perfect backdrop for […]

What's the Difference Between a Hook and a Motif?

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle is available now at a 50% savings! ________________________________ A motif is a musical idea that keeps recurring throughout a song. This may be a rhythmic fragment, it might […]

Why Chord Progression Formulas Work

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Let Gary’s songwriting e-books show you how to fix your songs. Click here to read more. ____________ Good songs are a balance of foreground and background. The foreground elements are the aspects of the song that the listener would notice right away, such as […]