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Songwriting Deadlines – Do They Work?

There are the kind of deadlines we’re always setting for ourselves, and then there are the real ones. For songwriters, here’s the difference: A deadline comes about when you say, “This year I’m going to release a new EP”, or “This year I’m going to write 15 new songs.” Sure, those are deadlines, but let’s face it […]

Working Backwards to Strengthen Progressions

By working backwards to create progressions, you ensure that the progression will make musical sense. ____________ Purchase “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get this eBook FREE OF CHARGE: “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. _____________ To create  progressions that have a strong sense of forward motion and harmonic goal, it is best […]

Bach Would Have Been a Killer Songwriter

J.S. Bach’s ideas of how good music works still apply today, and (believe it or not) work amazingly well for today’s pop music. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. _____________ For all intents and purposes, it’s easy to think of a melody as a […]

The Advantage of Goal-Oriented Songwriting

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and discover how SONG FORM MATTERS! Songs are musical journeys. And like any journey, it’s not just about where you’re going, but how you get there. Making sure that all the sections of your song connect with each other is a crucial part of successful songwriting, and […]

Is That Progression Complex? (Or Does It Just Suck?)

•Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter for website updates, songwriting tips and more. • Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” suite of songwriting e-books at a 50% savings. _____________________ Weeks ago I wrote an article examining the problem with chord progressions […]