Tips and Tricks: Adding Vocal Harmonies to a Song

Vocal harmonies can go a long way to adding a touch of sophistication to your songs. Check out these tips. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ Too many times I hear vocal harmonies that sound like they’ve been randomly created, and come across as a bit of a mess. […]

Put a Magnifying Glass On Your Songs With This Checklist

The Songwriter’s Checklist is a great way to focus in on why your songs might be missing the mark. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and discover how the world’s best songs can help you improve! _____________ Every once in a while I publish my “Songwriter’s Checklist”, a way for you to really focus […]

My Guest Blog Post on UJAM

Last year at some point I became acquainted with UJAM, the site that allows pretty much anybody to create music easily using their free online software. In addition to being a way to write songs, I really believe UJAM is the kind of program that can be a great compositional tool for songwriters. It takes […]

Practicing Verse and Chorus Melody Writing

This simple exercise will help solidify your understanding of verse and chorus melodic construction. __________ A couple of posts ago I wrote about why choruses sound like choruses. In that article, I mentioned important features of choruses such as strong (versus fragile) progressions, the predominance of the tonic note and chord, the higher placement of […]

Why Getting a Songwriting Partner is Usually a Good Idea

Some fear partnering with another songwriter will weaken your music, but the opposite is usually the case. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and discover how the world’s best songs can help you improve! _____________ Writing music is a very personal activity. We usually have to dig down into our very souls to find […]

Writer’s Block: Do You Have “Imposter Syndrome”?

Have that nagging feeling that you maybe aren’t a songwriter after all? Don’t let “imposter syndrome” defeat you! ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and discover how the world’s best songs can help you improve! _____________ When we suffer from writer’s block, we often take heart by getting advice from other songwriters. But did […]