Songwriting notepad

Identifying the Principles That Guide Good Songwriting

In order to help students fully understand a topic, teachers will identify a list of principles that strive to explain as much as possible with as few words as possible. We teachers of music do that very thing: we study as large a collection of music as possible, and then come up with a few statements […]

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Keeping People Listening to Your Songs

Last week, I wrote about earworm melodies, and how chords (specifically open cadences) can play an important role in keeping a melody rolling around in a listener’s mind. That got me thinking about songs in general: What keeps people listening to your songs? I’m not talking about the larger topic of what keeps people coming […]

5 Tips for Making Listening a Part of Your Daily Songwriting Routine

Daily listening is every bit as important to a songwriter as daily writing. _______________  “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle will strengthen your songwriting technique, and take you to a new level of musical excellence. It comes with a 7th free eBook, “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro“. Read more.. ________________ If you ever […]

The Value of Objective Listening

With subjective listening, you’re usually too easy or too hard on yourself. ____________ 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”. _____________ Objective listening simply refers to your ability to hear your own music without being unduly influenced by the fact that […]

Improving Songwriting Skills Starts With Listening

The simple act of listening makes you a better songwriter. Here’s how. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and build your audience base! __________________ No matter how unique your songwriting style is, it’s always the case that you build on what’s come before. For every great singer-songwriter, there is a line that can be […]