Get Control of Your Lyrics – Try This Rewording Exercise

By Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Try Gary Ewer’s songwriting e-books to get yourself writing better songs. Read more about them here. _________________ As musicians, we’re all familiar with the concept of practicing to improve. Too few of us, however, practice enough when it comes to songwriting. If we did, we […]

Balancing all the Elements of a Song

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Gary is the author of six songwriting e-books designed to get you thinking about how you write music. Click here to read about those e-books. ____________________ Someone recently drew my attention to a great article that Suzanne Vega wrote several months ago for the […]

How to Make a Strong Progression More Creative

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting“. If you’re frustrated because you just can’t get your songs working, and can’t seem to finish any of the songs you start, you need to take a fresh look at the structure of the word’s most successful songs. Gary’s e-books were written to get you writing! […]

Dorian Mode, Aeolian Mode, Minor Key… What's the Difference?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”. Gary is the author of several e-books that open the world of song composition to budding writers. If you’d like to know how to get your songs working, let his texts show you the way. ____________ In traditional harmony (i.e., the kind you’d learn in a […]

Song Analysis: Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi"

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting“. Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and improve your songwriting skills. ______________ Paparazzi is a recent single from Lady Gaga’s “Fame.” It’s written in a standard verse-chorus format, and it’s worth looking at various compositional elements, particularly chord progression and melodic shape. […]

The Delicate Process of Selling Your Songs

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. To download and read Gary’s songwriting e-books, click here. ________________ So how do you turn this songwriting hobby of yours into a money-maker? For most, the process of getting songs to market offers this ample dose of reality: it’s not easy to sell songs and […]