Getting the Most Out Of the Tonic Note

How you use the tonic note in your song can go along way to controlling musical energy. _______________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 eBook Bundle, and get “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” free. _______________________ Some might say that it’s not all that important to know the key of your song […]

How the Notes of a Melody Imply Chords

Identifying the melody notes that happen on strong beats will help you identify the chords that work. ____________________ Read more about how “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle can make you a top-level songwriter ($95.70 $37). Get “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” FREE. ____________________ One of the advantages of working on a […]

Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”: Why it Works

Lately I’ve been hearing lots of people lament the dreadful state of pop music, and wonder what the future holds for us. Nothing’s new: every year has its hit-makers whose popularity can make any self-respecting pop music enthusiast weep. But Adele, pop soul artist from England, should give any and all reason to hope. Her […]

Ideas for Completing your Half-Written Songs

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”. It’s supposed to be FUN to become the best songwriter you can be! ___________________ Everyone who writes music has got tons of musical fragments that have gone nowhere. I mentioned in yesterday’s article that writers need to be “sketching” all the time. But it can get depressing when your […]

Seven Progressions that Use Altered Chords

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and discover the secret of getting chords to work. An altered chord is simply one which doesn’t naturally occur in a given key. Altered chords add musical interest to a song by creating a small harmonic surprise. They work particularly well as accompaniment to melodies that are […]

7 Reasons Your Songs May Be Boring Your Listeners

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and discover how form can make or break your songs. _________________ Do you ever feel that though you’ve not done anything obviously wrong, your songs seem boring? That they just… lie there, uninspiring and drab? It’s frustrating, because you’d wish that some glaring error was staring you […]