Songwriting: What’s the Best Starting Point?

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career right now! ____________ The cheeky answer to “What’s the best way to start a song” is, “Any way you want, as long as it’s not the same way you started your last song.” Usually, the way you start a song greatly determines […]

Songwriting and the Impact of the Tonic Note

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career right now! ____________ We know that melodies tend to work their way higher as a song progresses from the start of a verse to the end of a chorus. This rising shape helps to generate song energy and forward motion. The […]

What Else "Progresses" Besides Chords?

• Your songs missing something? Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and get back to writing great songs! _______________________ When you add chords to a melody, you’re really doing two things: 1) you are assigning chords that properly harmonize a small group of melody notes before moving on to the next small […]

Why Chord Progression Formulas are a Good Idea

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-book bundle, and FINE-TUNE your songwriting skills! If you’re a songwriter with experience, the word “formula” will probably conjure up a negative reaction. After all, how can you be creating a truly unique song if any part of the creation process involves a formula? And while for the most […]

Do Chords Limit the Notes I Can Use in My Melody?

by Gary Ewer, author of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” Follow Gary on Twitter _______________________________ How can chords, which typically use only 3 or 4 notes, allow for melodies that use many more? For example, if the chord you’re playing is Cm, which uses the notes C-Eb-G, does this mean that the only notes your […]

How an Open Cadence Builds Song Energy

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • Good songs sell! Check out “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle – available now at a 50% savings! ________________________________ There’s so much you can learn from the hit song “Need You Now.” I analyzed this song […]