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Creating Unique Moments in Songs by Changing Time Signatures

A time signature is not something that gets a lot of attention when we think of pop songs, and truth be told, it’s possible to write great music without giving it much thought. Most songs are either in 4/4 time or some other arrangement of strong-beat/weak-beat meter. As you begin the songwriting process, you’ll likely start strumming […]

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Looking For Strong Beats to Add Chords to Melodies

If you’re a chords-first songwriter, it means that you come up with a chord progression, and then try to design a melody that goes with it. What you may not know is that if you’re a melody-first writer, you’re probably also working out the chords at the same time. That’s because our musical brains have […]

Turning Lyrics Into Melody

Discover the 11 secrets that pro songwriters have known for decades. “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook Bundles are being used by thousands of songwriters to take their music to a new level of excellence. Read more… ______________ There are many ways to start the songwriting process, and you’ll find that whichever element of the song you start with […]

How Lyrics Can Help Imply Melodic Shape

Thousands of songwriters are using “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Deluxe Bundle to improve their songwriting technique. Find out why: Learn more.. ___________ The best songs written are a partnership of many elements that all just seem to work together. Some songs are known for their clever lyrics, or beautiful melody, or captivating chord progressions. […]

Connecting the Pulse of a Lyric to the Shape of a Melody

Try this little experiment for getting your lyric and melody to work well together. ___________ It’s an interesting exercise to read a well-known lyric without trying to think of the melody it belongs to. Try it — you’ll likely find yourself putting the same pauses and pulses of the melody into what you’re reading. It […]

How the Range of Your Melodies Might Be Causing Boredom

When all the melodies in one song sit within the same range of notes, you’ve probably got problems. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Write smarter – Tap into your creative mind. __________________ The importance of the  contrast principle is well-known in the songwriting world. Simply stated, the contrast principle means that it’s usually […]