Curing the Problem of Too Much Tonic Chord

Too much tonic chord can result in problems with song energy. _______________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 eBook Bundle, and get “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” free. Read more.. _______________________ Follow Gary Ewer on Twitter Because songs are normally relatively short musical journeys that need to appeal quickly to an audience, […]

5 Ways to Create Momentum in a Song

In music, momentum means that the listener needs to hear things changing as the song progresses. ____________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle comes with this FREE eBOOK: “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. 7 Songwriting eBooks for $37 _____________ In music, momentum is created every time you do something that makes the […]

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 […]