Writing Instrumental Music – Do the Same Principles Apply?

Without lyrics, other basic elements of song structure become more important in instrumental music. ____________________ There was a time in the not-too-distant past when instrumental music was a bit more commonplace in pop music than it is today. “Walk, Don’t Run” by the Ventures, “Wonderland By Night” by Bert Kaempfert, and “Wipe Out” by the Surfaris, […]

5 Tips for Developing a Bridge (Middle-8) For Your Song

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ A bridge usually comes after the second chorus in a song, and it has many reasons for existing. Among those reasons, the introduction of new melodic material is probably the most important one. After two verses and two choruses, your […]

Repetition as a Songwriting Technique

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career right now! ____________ Everyone knows the vital role that repetition plays in music of any and all genres. Whether you’re talking about song form (ABABCBB…), the hook, a motif, lyrics, even basic rhythm, you’re talking about determining how things repeat. Listeners take […]

5 Ideas for Creating Better Song Accompaniments

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-book bundle, and FINE-TUNE your songwriting skills! ____________________ There’s a lot for songwriters to learn from Classical music. I’ve made the point before that the biggest difference between the way Classical composers wrote their stuff, and today’s good songwriters write, can be accounted for by performance style. Just look […]

Orchestrating Songs: Adding Solo Acoustic Instruments

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER for songwriting tips and notification of blog updates. Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” suite of 6 e-books now at a 50% saving. __________________________ There’s nothing like the natural beauty of an acoustic instrument. While we should feel blessed that we […]

Experimenting with Odd Song Forms Can Pay Off

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER Get the most out of your creative abilities! Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” ___________________________________ Most songs follow a rather predictable pattern: after an intro of some sort, you get the basic verse – chorus – verse – chorus – bridge […]