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How a First Impression Can Be More Important Than Clever Writing

It’s an instinct that most songwriters have: to take a song beyond what you’d normally hear in the genre, creating something innovative and unique. You don’t want to give your listeners something so unique that it sounds strange and uninviting, and you don’t want something so much like everything else that it simply bores people. It’s all […]

How Important is "Form" in the Songwriting Process?

Form, which you may also know by the words “design”, “structure”, or perhaps “outline” or “sketch,” refers to how your song changes over time. Verse, pre-chorus, chorus, bridge, etc. – these are all words that speak to how a song develops, changes and grows through its 3-5 minutes. But in an art form where instinct counts for so much, is […]

Musical Talent: Instinct, Knowledge and Mythology

If you work hard at songwriting, does that mean you lack talent? _______________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle. Delivered to your computer moments from now. _______________ It’s relatively common for the average person to believe that most pop songwriters are gifted from birth, and that there’s something magical about being musical. Magical in […]

Developing a Songwriter’s Sixth Sense

By working on technique, you can improve your songwriting instincts. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. _____________ Whenever you watch a great athlete, someone who’s really good at what they do, everything looks altogether effortless, as if they were born into the sport. As a pro, they’re […]