Building Song Energy by Avoiding, then Using, the Tonic Note

By saving the tonic note for the chorus, you create a pleasant sense of unrest in a verse, which equates to momentum. ____________________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle now includes a free copy of “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro.” ____________________ If you ask someone to sing a line from a […]

How Musical Anticipation Builds Song Energy

Suddenly dropping instruments from the mix can create song energy by increasing anticipation. ____________ 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”. _____________ In music, creating a sense of anticipation helps to create energy and momentum and keep listeners hooked. But getting […]

How Chords Change as a Song Moves Forward

Most songs fluctuate between fragile and strong progressions as a way of generating song energy. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ For songs that use a verse-chorus design, it’s typical to use a different progression in the verse than is used in […]

Avoiding the Tonic Note in Verse Melodies Creates Momentum

Avoiding use (or at least overuse) of the tonic note in verses is a natural energy builder for songs ____________ It’s an important songwriting principle that the energy at the end of a song should be as great or greater than the energy at the beginning. There are many ways to boost the energy level […]

What to Do About Verse 2

In the process of songwriting, many songwriters actually start with the chorus. That’s because the chorus tends to use shorter, stronger (and simpler) chord progressions, hooky melodies that use repeating ideas, and emotional lyrics. By comparison, the verse can be a bit more of a challenge. You need lyrics that describe people and/or situations, and […]

The Emotional Nature of Bridge Lyrics

A well-written bridge lyric will boost the basic energy of your song in a very natural way. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. _____________ For each section of your song, the lyric will take on a different characteristic. That’s because the changing nature of […]