Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams Copy a Feel, And Get Nailed

Can you plagiarize the feel of a song? The jury in the “Blurred Lines” case seems to think so. _____________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle (plus a FREE copy of “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”) is written by Gary Ewer, designed to straighten out your technique and get you writing better songs. ______________________ […]

Improving a Songwriter’s Imagination

Thinking beyond the world of songwriting gives you the best chance to improve your imagination. _____________ Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook Bundle packages for your laptop, desktop, iPad, and any other PDF-reading device you own. The 10-eBook Deluxe Bundle is on sale at a discount price. Read more.. _____________ Any time a work of art […]

Deliberately Sounding Like Your Songwriting Hero

Always afraid you’re copying other songwriters? Why not try it as a songwriting technique? “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle comes with this 11th FREE eBOOK: “Use Your Words! Developing a Words-First Songwriting Process”. Back when I was a composition student, my favourite composers were Maurice Ravel and Charles Ives. Many are familiar with Ravel’s music, […]

The Blurred Lines Controversy: What Do Songwriters Have to Fear?

Copying a performance style is not usually enough to win an infringement case. ____________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle comes with this FREE eBOOK: “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. 7 Songwriting eBooks for $37 _____________ This summer’s big hit, “Blurred Lines,” is in the news these days, as you likely know, […]

Why Using Someone Else’s Chords Isn’t Plagiarism

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and make yourself a top-level songwriter! _______________ As a songwriter, you should know that chord progressions don’t need to be amazing in order to work well. Most of the world’s biggest hits are built on progressions that, by themselves, are rather mundane. Almost by definition, a […]

"Steal" Your Latest Song? 5 Ways to Avoid Accidental Plagiarism.

Composers sometimes get the “I think I’ve heard this before” fear. It’s a very real issue because successful songs are a mix of innovative ideas with established songwriting practice. And with the balance firmly toward predictable, songwriting can present you with the nagging fear that you might have accidentally plagiarized your new song.