Partnered Chord Progressions Pull Songs Together

Get FANTASTIC RESULTS! – Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle and START WRITING GREAT SONGS! __________________ Most of the chords you’ll use in a song will be chosen from the seven triads that normally exist in any given key. But you can give your song a strong sense of cohesion and connection if you relate […]

Creative Songwriting: Try the Second Thing that Comes to Mind

Great songs SELL! – Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle and START WRITING GREAT SONGS! _________________ Let me get right to the point: sometimes, the best things in music are the things that come naturally. Sadly, however, that’s not usually the way it works. There are very few songwriters who can claim that their […]

Without a Motif, a Song Hardly Has a Chance

Great songs SELL! – Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle and START WRITING GREAT SONGS! __________________ A motif is a short musical “idea” that serves as a crucial building block for a composition. While you might think I just described a hook, a motif differs by virtue of the fact that it can change […]

Good Key Changes that Startle the Listener

Your songs missing something? Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and get back to writing great songs! _______________________ If you know Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla”, you know that it contains a key change between the chorus and verse that comes out of left field and surprises the listener. After all, you’d […]

Introducing AppsForSongwriters.com

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle for only $37, and get back to writing better songs! I’m happy to announce that this week AppsForSongwriters.com went live. It’s a convenient online portal for browsing the various musical products I’ve been offering for more than ten years. In addition, I’ve been working with the […]

How Important are Lyrics to the Success of a Song?

Taking a look at the lyrics of the current top hits in North America, it’s easy to conclude that lyrical quality just isn’t that important. “You think I’m pretty/ Without any make-up on/ You think I’m funny/ When I tell the punch line wrong…” are the opening lines of “Teenage Dream.” Or how about this rumination? “You know […]