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Discovering the Power of Musical Momentum: John Lennon’s “Imagine”

In songwriting, momentum is that quality of music that causes us to want to keep listening to a song. Another term for momentum is musical energy, or forward motion. When created and used properly, momentum is a pleasant kind of “tension” in the music, where we sense that something needs to be resolved. If you’re stuck trying […]


Is it Possible to Write Too Much Music?

I remember once reading a criticism of jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, that he made too many albums. True, Peterson made more than 200 albums, and the criticism seemed to be that if someone recorded that much, surely musical ideas would get watered down and eventually become simply ineffective. In Peterson’s case, I don’t think there would […]

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Creating Melodies Using Melodic Cells

Every once in a while I take a quick glance through a portion of the Rolling Stone Magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” and I’m looking for similarities. I’m willing to accept, of course, that the list is highly subjective, but that doesn’t bother me much. There’s no denying that the songs on the list […]

Making Clear Differences Between Your Verse and Chorus

Contrast plays a crucial role in keeping listeners interested in your music. Here’s how. ______________  Take your songwriting to a new level of excellence. Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle, written by Gary Ewer. Get today’s FREE OFFER. Time to become the best songwriter you can be! Read more.. ______________ There’s been a principle in musical composition […]

5 Reasons Your Song Might Use a Pre-Chorus

A pre-chorus can go a long way to building energy and excitement in a song. Here are some handy tips. Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. Get a copy of “Use Your Words! Developing a Lyrics-First Songwriting Process” FREE with your purchase of the Bundle A pre-chorus is the short section that […]