Does Your Song’s Intro Pass the Interest Test?

An intro gives you 10 seconds to prove that the rest of the song is worth listening to. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. _____________ The average length of a song intro these days is between 10 and 15 seconds. Another way of looking […]

Choosing Chords to Fit Your Song Melody

Chords need to do 2 things: 1- Support the melody, and 2- establish and reinforce the key. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and learn the 11 principles crucial to any songwriter’s success. _____________ This is a bit of a follow-up to a previous post, “Making Chord Progressions By Categorizing Them.” In that article, […]

3 Powerful Activities Guaranteed to Improve Your Musical Ear

If you’ve got a bit of a tin ear, it doesn’t mean you’re unmusical. Try these tips for improving your aural skills. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and solve your songwriting problems TODAY. _____________ The ability to identify and label musical sounds is a very sophisticated activity. Just think about it: you listen to […]

Working Diminished Chords Into Your Progressions

If you like the sound of diminished chords but don’t know how to use them, read on. Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10 e-book bundle. (with a free copy of “Creative Chord Progressions”): “Gary, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for helping the untrained musician learn to understand the fundamentals of music…” Naturally-occuring diminished chords […]

7 Common Songwriting Mistakes to Avoid

One little problem can kill a song’s effect. Check out the list in this article: which errors are you committing? ___________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and open your eyes to the principles of great songwriting. ___________________ You’ve finished your latest song, but you can tell — something’s just not working. You look […]

Giving Chord Progressions a Sense of Direction

Being imaginative with chord progressions is a good thing. But imaginative progressions need a harmonic goal. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10 e-book bundle, and build your audience base! Get today’s deal: A FREE copy of “Creative Chord Progressions” when you purchase the bundle. __________________ Imaginative chord progressions are wonderful to experiment with, because chords that […]