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 […]

Writing Verse Melodies That Beg For a Chorus

Songs need to build energy in the verse and release it in the chorus. Here’s how. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and solve your songwriting problems TODAY. _____________ There is a characteristic of verse melodies that I describe as “begging for the chorus.” All that means is that there appears to be a kind […]

In Songwriting, What Is a Natural Energy Shape?

“Natural” energy is more important than energy that’s created at the production stage. Here’s how to create it. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle, and solve your songwriting problems TODAY. _____________ Predictability is not a good word in the songwriting world, but there are certain things you don’t mind being at least somewhat expected. For […]