5 Subtle Ways to Build Song Energy

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • Good songs sell! Check out “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle – available now at a 50% savings! ________________________________ Songwriters know that energy should build as a song progresses. Song energy is one of those musical […]

Starting a Song: So Little Time to Make an Impression

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle is available now at a 50% savings! ________________________________ It’s impossible to know exactly how long listeners will stick with a bad song intro before moving on, but it’s […]

4 Easy Ways to Power Up Your Songs

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • Check out “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle ________________________________ When someone gets me to listen to their song to assess it, I always use that first listen to determine one thing: does the […]

What Does it Mean to "Keep a Song Fresh"?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Find his songwriting e-books here. __________________________ There are many catch-phrases bandied about in the world of songwriting, and you’ll often see the term “fresh” used when discussing the staying power of a song. Songs that make you feel bored by the second minute need an […]

Making a MIDI Orchestra Sound Real

MIDI stands for “Musical Instrument Digital Interface.” Many of you use MIDI to create instrumentations for your songs, and it’s a fantastic way to have synthesized versions of instruments literally at your fingertips. In short, MIDI is a way of controlling electronic instruments (usually synthesizers), and allowing those instruments to produce many different kinds of musical timbres. Used […]

Get Curious!

[Read all about songwriting, and become a better songwriter at: “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting“] I work with music students as a daily feature of my working life at Dalhousie University. It’s a rewarding job most of the time. Because a major part of my job involves teaching ear training, I work with each and every student […]