Avoiding the Tonic Note in Verse Melodies Creates Momentum

Avoiding use (or at least overuse) of the tonic note in verses is a natural energy builder for songs ____________ It’s an important songwriting principle that the energy at the end of a song should be as great or greater than the energy at the beginning. There are many ways to boost the energy level […]

In Songwriting, What Is a Natural Energy Shape?

“Natural” energy is more important than energy that’s created at the production stage. Here’s how to create it. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10-eBook Bundle, and solve your songwriting problems TODAY. _____________ Predictability is not a good word in the songwriting world, but there are certain things you don’t mind being at least somewhat expected. For […]

Building Song Energy With the Right Chord Progressions

With a few well-placed chords, you can effectively build the energy of your music. ___________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and start building your audience base. ___________________ Song energy is that quality that does two important things: 1) it gives your song a sense of forward motion, or momentum; and 2) it makes […]

Creating Song Melodies From a Chord Progression

Chords-first songs can result in boring melodies. Here’s how to avoid that problem. ___________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and open your eyes to the principles of great songwriting. ___________________ The reason why so many songwriters find it easy to start the writing process by creating a chord progression is that you don’t […]

Using Deceptive Cadences to Boost a Song’s Energy

Extending chord progressions by using deceptive cadences will entice listeners to keep listening. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Write smarter – Tap into your creative mind. __________________ One of the important ways that songwriters build energy is by creating an expectation, and then avoiding it. Here’s what I mean. Most songs are a musical […]

An Important Rule About Rules: There Are No Rules

It’s a real shame if your need to follow rules just cramps your creativity. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base. _____________ Every once in a while even I use the word “rules” when it comes to music, though I try not to. I prefer words like “guidelines”, “formulas”, and […]