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 […]

5 Tips for Improving Your Lyrical Abilities

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ There are two important stages in the development of song lyrics. The first stage, which you might think of as the “conception stage“, is when you get your thoughts down on paper. The second stage, which you might call the “development […]

Rhythm and Lyrics: The Proper Placement of Your Words

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! _________ In songwriting, there are two problems that become immediately obvious if the placement of your lyric is wrong. You either 1) make your lyric unintelligible; or you 2) convey the wrong meaning. Words have a natural pulse, and if you […]

Learning Melody Writing from 2000-Year Old Music

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! _____________ It’s fascinating for a songwriter to look back almost two thousand years into the “ancient DNA” of songwriting. You would be hard pressed to listen to Gregorian Chant and hear any similarity to the music being written by today’s songwriters. But […]

5 Vital Steps for Developing a Great Lyric

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career right now! ____________ A lyric, like any other other element in a song, needs to sound spontaneous and natural. The relationship between lyric, melody, harmony and rhythm in good songs will feel unforced and easy, as if there’s no other good way […]