5 Songwriters’ Ideas For Getting Through the Next Few Months

The festive season will inspire you as a songwriter, but what do you do during the non-festive months? ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ There’s an 80-20 rule that applies to songwriting. Well, who knows the exact percentages, but suffice it to say: 20% of the music you write […]

5 Basic Pointers For Adding Chords to Melodies

You’re working out the melody for your next tune, but the chords just aren’t happening? Here’s a basic set-by-step for harmonizing a melody. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ It doesn’t matter how good your melody is if your chord progression doesn’t work. A chord progression is like the […]

Downward Key Changes Might “Brighten” a Song – Here’s How

If you’re looking for ways to brighten the feel of a song, moving the key downward might (paradoxically) work. Read on.. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ I’ve written about the matter of changing key within a song before, and most of the time I talk about ways to […]

7 Ways to Build Energy in a Song’s Chorus

The general direction of song energy between verse and chorus should be up. Here’s some ideas for making that happen. ____________ 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”. _____________ If you were to trace a line that represents the energy […]

Clever Instrumentation Can Really Class Up a Song

Bon Iver’s Grammy-nominated “Holocene” shows that a sparse guitar-based instrumentation can be enough to generate a captivating sound. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ It’s easy to overlook the value of instrumentation to the success of a song, and think of it not […]

How Time Signatures and Chord Progressions Relate

Adding chords to a melody has as much to do with time signatures and beats as it does about notes. Here’s how it all connects. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ Creating chord progressions that fit that melody that’s been rolling around in […]