Using Octave Displacement to Avoid Verse-Chorus Sameness

Moving a chorus melody an octave higher can help differentiate it from a similar-sounding verse melody. There’s a sneaky little problem that can creep into a song as you write it, something that often escapes detection. The only thing you’re likely to notice is that the song seems tiresome and over-long, but you can’t figure […]

10 Tips for Writing Great Song Melodies

Of all song elements, a great melody is probably the most important one for creating a song that people remember. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Become the best songwriter you can be! __________________ When you’ve written a great song, more often than not that means that you’ve given the listener something they can […]

“Stronger”, and the Power of the Tonic Note

The tonic note of your song’s key has the ability to give the chorus a lot of punch. Here are some quick tips. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base! _____________ I’ve been mentioning a lot lately the seven chords that exist naturally in the key you choose for […]

Five Reasons Bach is Still Relevant to Today's Songwriters

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. You can read Gary’s songwriting e-books (and take advantage of a free deal) by visiting the Online Store. It never ceases to amaze me how similar melodies are, no matter what genre, or even historical period, you examine. There really isn’t much difference between […]