Melody and Bass: They Need to Work Together

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 is a very useful exercise to sing through your latest song, accompanying yourself with just the bass line. How melodies and bass lines […]

"Help! I'm Not a Poet… How Do I Write Lyrics?"

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 ______________________ There’s nothing like writing lyrics that can make a lot of songwriters feel that they’ve lost the ability to put English words together. And […]

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 […]

Drop a Few Beats to Boost Song Energy

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 ______________________ Throwing something unexpected into a song will usually increase its momentum. Those little unexpected things often occur at the arranging stage: percussive and other […]

Songs Don't Have to be Written From the Front End

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 ______________________ When the fun of songwriting is replaced with frustration, it can make you wonder why you ever got involved in music in the first […]

The Hook, and Other Repeating Elements

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 ______________________ Song hooks work well because they give us something short and memorable, and keep giving it to us over and over again. So […]