How to Be Innovative Without Scaring Your Audience Away

Innovation will make your music unique, but could negatively impact your audience base. ____________________ Every songwriter I know wants to stand out from the rest. While it’s important to be able to be innovative, and present music to the world that sounds unique and fresh, there’s always a danger that being innovative will scare listeners […]

5 Tips for Making Melodies More Memorable

The memorability of a song depends on a strong melody coupled with a good lyric. Here are 5 tips that will help. It’s the dream of every songwriter to write a tune that becomes part of the world’s musical culture. By that I mean a song that can be hummed or sung by almost anybody […]

Chord Progressions, Melodies, and the Problem of Parallel Motion

When chord roots and melodies move in the same direction all the time, a vital sense of “independence” is lost. ________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and start building a large audience base for your music ________________ For many songs, chord progressions are simple enough that the concept of a bass “line” […]

Creating Song Melodies Using the Circle of Fifths

Take advantage of the repetitious nature of the circle of fifths to create strong, memorable melodies. _____________ A circle of fifths progression is one of the strongest types of progressions we use in music. There’s something about chords where the roots move by 5ths — it’s what we might call “pleasantly predictable.” You shouldn’t worry […]

Melodies That Sit on One Note Belong in the Verse

It’s possible to make static melodies work. You just need to make sure you don’t do it all the time. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Become the best songwriter you can be! __________________ The conventional wisdom in music composition is that you should be always trying to give your melodies […]

Stop Wasting Time: Target Your Songwriting Problems

If you aren’t doing anything to solve your own specific songwriting problems, you’re never going to improve, period. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and find out how hit songs of the past 5 decades can make your songs work. _____________ Has songwriting turned from something that used to be fun into something that’s just frustrating […]