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: […]

Does Music Theory Stunt a Songwriter’s Creativity?

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and be the best songwriter you can be! ______ Is it possible to create attractive, appealing song melodies without having a strong background in music theory? I believe it is, and I say that as a person who has had a career-long interest in teaching music […]

Can Following Songwriting Principles Create Great Songs?

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • Good songs sell! Check out “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle – available now at a 50% savings! ________________________________ Can songwriting be guided by a set of principles? It can make you wonder, because if by […]

Chord Progressions: Strong Ones Should Follow Fragile Ones

Chord progressions need to have direction, or else they’re little more than chord successions: one chord following another with little or no sense of overall purpose. As you likely know, I have for a long time spoken about the important differences between so-called strong and fragile progressions, where strong ones point solidly to one note […]

Does Learning Music Theory Help or Hinder a Songwriter's Imagination?

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. ________________ Part of my job at Dalhousie University is teaching an entry-level music theory class. Many of the students who take it are non-music Arts students, many of whom are songwriters, taking it as an elective. And so if you don’t want to take […]