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Songwriting eBook Bundle with Full Theory Course Now Available

Sorry it’s taken a while to get this done… As you may know, recent purchasers of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Deluxe Bundle have been given the 12-lesson Songwriter’s Edition of my Easy Music Theory video-based course. I had said that I would create a discount for those who wanted the eBooks along with a full […]

Songwriting music paper

What Music Theory Does (and Doesn’t Do) For Your Songwriting

Many (perhaps most) songwriters have less than what might be called a working knowledge of the rudiments of music. Most create their songs on instinct — they write what sounds good, what their ear tells them they should write. So what’s wrong with that? If that’s working for you, why muddy the waters with something like […]

FREE OFFER: Easy Music Theory, Songwriter’s Edition

Many of you know that I have had a video-based music theory course for sale. “Easy Music Theory” is a 25-lesson course in music rudiments, something I created more than 15 years ago now. It’s a course that I used with my own university music students. I have recently created a Songwriter’s Edition of that course […]

Band rehearsal

Creating Chord Progressions: Speeding Up the Process

Using a chords-first songwriting method usually means starting out by improvising on chords until something interesting pops into your mind. But one of the drawbacks to this process is that you can waste a lot of time simply trying to find chords that work well together. I’ve placed two charts below, one for major keys and […]

Which Methods for Starting a New Song?

Songwriters are correct to think a lot about how to start the songwriting process. How you start often has a strong influence on where things end up. But songwriters typically worry, not so much that they’re starting the wrong way, but more that they’re possibly missing out on a better way. You need to look […]

French, Italian Translations of “Beating Songwriters Block” Now Available

I’m excited to announce that my book “Beating Songwriter’s Block: Jump-Start Your Words and Music”, published by Backbeat Books (Hal Leonard Corporation) has been translated into French and Italian, both of which are now available on Amazon. The French translation was done by Laure Valentin, and R. Ponte was the translator for the Italian version. Both versions […]