guitarist - songwriter

When Practice Might Not Make Perfect

We use the expression “practice makes perfect” to remind ourselves that simply knowing something isn’t enough. Once armed with knowledge, you need to put it to work for you. And that’s the practice part. In school you learned the basic concepts of mathematics. Once you acquired that knowledge, your teacher gave you endless exercises to help you […]

Guitarist - Singer - Songwriter

Download This Free Study Guide For the 10-eBook Bundle

I’m often asked to suggest a method for working through the songwriting materials in “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting 10-eBook Bundle.” In the concluding pages of “Fix Your Songwriting Problems – NOW!” (one of the eBooks in the bundle), I’ve been providing what I think is a logical way to read through the eBooks. I’ve […]

Guitarist - Singer - Songwriter

How Pretending Can Help Your Songwriting Process

I’ve seen a quote online, attributed to James Taylor, that goes, “I started being a songwriter pretending I could do it, and it turned out I could.” It’s worth thinking about that statement, because there’s a positive aspect to it, pertaining to one’s basic zeal for songwriting: “If I just dive in, acting as if […]

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Identifying the Principles That Guide Good Songwriting

In order to help students fully understand a topic, teachers will identify a list of principles that strive to explain as much as possible with as few words as possible. We teachers of music do that very thing: we study as large a collection of music as possible, and then come up with a few statements […]

7 Principles That Will Make Practically Any Song Work Better

These 7 principles apply to most successful songs, regardless of genre. _______________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 eBook Bundle, and get “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” free. Read more.. _______________________ Follow Gary Ewer on Twitter All successful songs, whether you’re talking about ones written 100 years ago or today, take listeners […]