The Knack

About Those Songs That Don’t Seem to Have a Catchy Shape

If you ask someone what they like about a song melody that they love, they’ll usually mention one or more of the following: It’s got a nice contour that explores a large range, from low to high. It’s got a moment (the so-called climactic moment) that acts as a point of focus for the entire tune. […]

Neil Young

What Makes Music Memorable?

As a songwriter, your hope is usually that once people have heard your song, they want to hear it again. That usually translates into sales, so the more clicks your songs generate, the more potential there is for monetary reward. It’s unlikely that anyone will want to listen to your song again if there’s nothing […]

How We Remember Music

What is it about good music that makes it not just beautiful, but easy to remember? _______________ Written by Gary Ewer, author of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” ebook Bundle. _______________ You might think of music as simply being a collection of pitches, some simultaneously (chords) and others sequentially (melodies). But it’s more complicated than that. The […]

Making a Song Click and Stick: Keeping Your Audience Humming

How to ensure that audiences are remembering your songs long after they hear them. ___________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and take your songwriting to a new level of excellence. ___________ The hook gets a lot of attention when it comes to creating songs that listeners keep singing all day. And that’s […]

5 Ways to Make a Song Unforgettable

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and turn your good songs into GREAT SONGS. ____________ There are lots of songs that seem on the surface to be good songs, but the proof is in their ability to bring listeners back. The best songs out there demand our attention. They reel us back […]

5 Tips for Creating Memorable Melodies

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • Fix your songwriting technique! Check out “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle – available now at a 50% savings! ________________________________ It’s hard to define exactly what a good melody is because no melody exists in a […]