The Importance of a Melody That’s Easy to Sing

There’s a good reason why repetition factors into most good songs: it ensures that a song is easy to remember, which means that people are more inclined to sing them. But there are other qualities that make melodies easy to sing. And as a songwriter, you should consider the singability of your melodies to be […]


Does Your Melody Work Without the Chords and Lyric?

Not all songs are about the melody. Since every good song is a partnership of melody, lyrics and chords (and then miscellaneous other bits that get woven in and around those elements), you can wind up with a song that makes a stronger impact through its hook, lyric or rhythmic groove, and leave melody as a less […]

Unaccompanied Singing Can Expose Problems With Your Melody

If you want to get a clear picture of how your melody is working, sing it without instrumental backing. “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook Bundle  Songs will usually sound their best when they’re all dressed up — with completed instrumentation and production. But today’s production is so slick and so much easier to do […]

For Hit Songs, It’s All (Mostly) About the Chorus

Songs usually make use of several sections, all combining, of course, to make a complete musical composition. But for hit songs, it’s mostly about the chorus. Your verse, and pre-chorus if you use one, will describe a story, but what people want to hear is your reaction to that story. That reaction normally happens in […]

Songwriting Skill Dies in Isolation: Get 'em Out There!

Written by Gary Ewer, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. • Follow Gary on Twitter • Check out “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle ______________________ It’s a wonderful time to be a student of anything. Information is instantly at your fingertips with the internet. But for songwriters there is […]

Six Ways to Turn a Child Into a Good Songwriter

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: Occasionally when I adjudicate at music festivals, I am given the pleasant “task” of assessing musical works composed by young children. Happily, these types of events are non-competetive, and so it gives me an opportunity to help young musicians with their writing by showing […]