Guitar and paper - Songwriting

How Your Song’s Melody Can Add Meaning To Your Lyrics

I recently wrote an article for SongBay that discussed ways in which the chords you choose can work hand-in-hand with your lyrics, and actually enhance their meaning. Getting words and chords working together makes for a more meaningful experience for your audience. Along the same lines, there are things you can be doing as you […]

Why Simplifying the Rhythm of a Chorus Melody Works

“From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” answers questions vital to raising your status as a songwriter – questions such as “How Do I Write Songs When I Don’t Feel Inspired?”, “How Do I Protect My Songs?”, and other important topics. This eBook is a part of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook […]

Try This Method For Writing a Verse Melody

There are several important characteristics of good song melodies, even if those characteristics don’t all show up in the same melody. Here’s a few you’ll see in most songs that make it to the top of the charts: Lots of repetition, either exact or approximate. A nice shape that can be drawn as a line. A climactic […]

Writing a Song Melody that Works Well With a Lyric

There are times when a climactic moment in a song melody may not be necessary. ___________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and become the songwriter you always thought you should be. ___________ Do you find writing lyrics to be the fun part of songwriting, and melody-writing the difficult part? Sometimes you’ll find […]

Bach Would Have Been a Killer Songwriter

J.S. Bach’s ideas of how good music works still apply today, and (believe it or not) work amazingly well for today’s pop music. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. _____________ For all intents and purposes, it’s easy to think of a melody as a […]

Is Your Song’s Melody Working? Run It Past This Checklist

If you can tell your melody isn’t working, but you don’t know why, this list will help. ___________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and start building your audience base. ___________________ It’s often the case that the best time to analyze your music is when it’s not working. That’s because even though we know there […]