“Moves Like Jagger”: Developing Melodies from a Killer Hook

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! _____________ There’s a very catchy little instrumental hook that  happens right at the beginning of Maroon 5’s hit, “Moves Like Jagger” (see link below). It’s part scale, part arpeggio, and instantly appealing. Partnered with an energetic disco-pop accompaniment, the hook is almost strong […]

Building a Climactic Moment: the Tonic Note and Chord

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! _____________ Adele’s hit, “Someone Like You”, demonstrates an important feature of melody; specifically, how the power of a melody is, in partnership with vocal range, governed by how the tonic note and chord are used. Most songs will exhibit an important principle of […]

Starting the Songwriting Process With The Title

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! _____________ If you’re going through a bit of writer’s block these days, and you’re finding it hard to get anything started let alone finished, here’s an idea that’s bound to help: start with the creation of a song title, and then work frontwards […]

The Value of Small-Scale Songwriting Tasks

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ It used to be that composers of music spent a great deal of time practicing the craft of musical composition. And I wonder how many songwriters today can make the claim that they practice their writing skills? Do you practice? It may be that […]

How Song Intros Can Make or Break Your Song

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ Done badly, a song intro says, “If you wait for a while, someone’s going to start singing, but not until I’ve strummed these two chords a bit longer.” Done well, a song intro entices the listener by presenting captivating musical motifs, […]

5 Tips for Making a Song Melody Singable

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ When we talk about a song’s melody as being “singable”, we usually mean easily singable. In most cases, it’s what you should be pursuing as a songwriter. And it’s tricky, because the melodies that are the easiest to sing are the ones […]