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The Tricky Nature of Pop Song Analysis

I’m a believer in song analysis as a way of improving songwriting technique. For any writer of music, basic curiosity should make us want to know why something sounds so good, so that we might be able to incorporate at least some of those ideas into our own music. (Or why something sounds so bad, so […]


Improving Your Verse Lyric By Reading It Aloud

You’ll often hear that the verse is where you tell the story in your song. Most of the time, however, a song verse tells its story in a roundabout sort of way. There are the songs we call story songs – the ones that give a specific account of events in a sequence we’re used to when we […]

When a Song's Bridge Is – and Perhaps Isn't – Necessary

In songwriting, there’s nothing worse than feeling stuck for ideas. In a lot of cases of songwriter’s block, the culprit is not understanding basic song structure. “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle will lay out song form in a clear, easy-to-understand way, using sound samples to demonstrate. Read more.. _______________ A bridge is the section […]

How to Create Several Chord Progressions That Work Within the Same Song

Getting progressions to sound connected within a song means identifying the key of the chorus. ___________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook Bundle, and become the songwriter you always thought you should be. ___________ Most songs contain at least two separate progressions, and sometimes more. A verse and chorus can both use the same […]

“Somebody That I Used To Know” – Why It Works

“Somebody That I Used To Know”, like most of the best songs out there, is a study in subtleties. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Become the best songwriter you can be! __________________ There’s really a ton that a songwriter can learn from Gotye’s hit from last year, “Somebody That I Used To Know.” […]

Repetition, and the Structure of Good Melodies

There are lots of ways to write melodies, but most of those ways use repetition as a key ingredient. Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. Right now, get a copy of “Creative Chord Progressions” free of charge when you purchase the entire bundle. No matter what genre you write in, repetition is […]