Good Songwriting That Violates Basic Principles

It’s a good question: Can a song be successful even though it violates some of the basic principles of good songwriting? Yes, though it doesn’t happen a lot. Most of the time, we can point to the various parts of a song and see how it is reinforcing principles that have been around for ages. […]

In Songwriting, Rules Stifle the Imagination

There are no fewer than 11 guiding principles that describe how great music works. “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”eBook Bundle packages show you each principle, and describe how they’ll make your own songs better. Read more.. __________ I am a big fan of music theory, and believe that songwriters who have a working knowledge of the nuts and bolts […]

Resisting Temptation to Correct a Song That Works

Stop worrying if your songs break the rules. There are no rules. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. _____________ In songwriting we rightly speak of principles more than we speak of rules. To say that there are rules means that straying from them is […]

Songwriting: Analyze Your Failures, and Others’ Successes

Analysis helps you become a better songwriter, but there are times when it’s best to simply move on. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ The analysis of good music can reveal important secrets to you as a songwriter, and I highly advise getting […]

The Truth About “Rules” in the World of Songwriting

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting 6-eBook Bundle“, and become a top-level songwriter! ______________  It’s a natural human tendency to find out why something works, and then to use that information to do it again. As you can imagine, this could be somewhat disastrous in the world of songwriting. If you approach every new song […]

When Successful Songs Defy Explanation

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ America’s first big hit, “A Horse With No Name” (1972), written by Dewey Bunnell, seems to defy all “rules” for creating a successful chart-topping song. Melodic contour is almost non-existent, and the entire song is built on a 2-chord progression: […]