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 […]

Writing Song Melodies That Use Pentatonic Scales

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” E-book Bundle, and become a top-level songwriter! __________________ Most songs are written in a major or minor key, and the scales for those keys use seven notes, not counting any altered tones. A pentatonic scale uses only five notes per octave. There’s a tendency to think of pentatonic scales as […]

When Chorus Melodies are Pitched Lower Than Verses

Since you want song energy to either stay the same or increase as a song proceeds, it seems to be obvious that you’ll want verse melodies to sit, on average, lower in pitch than chorus melodies. This is because when pitches move upward listeners tend to interpret that as an increase in energy. But there […]

Got Songwriting Ideas, But Can’t Finish the Song?

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and learn how to pull all your musical ideas into a GREAT song! _____________ When we just can’t seem to generate anything that sounds like a songwriting idea, we usually chalk it up to writer’s block. But there’s a particular kind of problem that’s a bit different: […]

Good Melodies Usually Come With Chords Implied

It may feel natural to some to consider that once you’ve created a melody that you really like, your job is to set about finding chords to harmonize it. But in reality, most good melodies already imply the chords that make that melody work. Another way of saying this is: good melodic structure strongly hints […]