Where to Place a Climactic Moment in a Song Melody

A climactic moment makes music memorable, and adds energy and excitement. _______________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base! _______________ Songs usually have several so-called climactic moments, but the moment that usually counts as the most significant is the one that happens in the chorus. In a way, a […]

Writing a Song Refrain: It’s Not Just a Short Chorus

If all you know about a refrain is that it’s shorter than a chorus, read on. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and solve your songwriting problems TODAY. _____________ Refrains have been an integral part of songwriting for literally centuries. Over those many hundreds of years, however, its definition has modified. When it used to […]

Song Structure: Writing a Song Refrain

When writing a refrain, think of it as the last line of a verse. ___________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and start building your audience base. ___________________ A song’s refrain is often thought of as sounding like a very short chorus. But it’s actually operating more accurately as the final line of a […]

Two-Part Melodies as a Complete Song Structure

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle. Over 390 pages of songwriting instruction, covering every aspect of how great songs are written! _____________ In Classical music, it’s usually known as binary form. In popular songwriting, we normally just think of it as a verse with two sections, usually without a chorus. Two-part melodies are a good […]

Kaskade's "Dynasty": The Perfect Igloo-Shaped Melody

Written by Gary Ewer • Check out “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle • Follow Gary on Twitter ________________________________ A lot of my posts lately have dealt with melody, specifically issues surrounding melodic shape. It’s usually the shape of the melody that determines how memorable it is. Melodies that lack shape, seeming to dwell […]

Song Analysis: Regina Spektor’s “Eet”

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Gary is the author of several songwriting e-books that will get you writing better songs. Read more about them here. _______________ When we write music, we often find ourselves fixated on the melody, chords and lyrics. But it’s the controlling of musical energy in […]