Chord Progressions, Melodies, and the Problem of Parallel Motion

When chord roots and melodies move in the same direction all the time, a vital sense of “independence” is lost. ________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and start building a large audience base for your music ________________ For many songs, chord progressions are simple enough that the concept of a bass “line” […]

How the Creative Process Begins

You may think that songwriting starts with feeling inspired to write. The research shows– you’re probably wrong. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. _____________ There’s a common misconception in the arts that the creative process starts with inspiration. Once you’re inspired, the ideas start […]

5 Ideas For Finishing a Song That Gets Stalled

Your brain will get stuck once in a while when doing something creative. It’s frustrating, but it’s normal. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and learn the 11 principles crucial to any songwriter’s success. _____________ When you first learn to play a musical instrument, you go from being completely unable to play to actually […]

Practice Makes Perfect, But Be Very Careful

Are you practicing your art, or only reinforcing your errors? _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and solve your songwriting problems TODAY. _____________ One of my pet peeves in life is people who put too much value in an expression simply because it rhymes well or sounds catchy. The cleverness of the way something is said appears […]

For Songwriting, There is No “Best Before” Date

Windows of opportunity may feel like they’re closing, but becoming creative can open them again. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-Ebook Bundle. 11 Songwriting Principles That Will Turn Your Writing Around – Guaranteed. _____________ If you’re reading this and you’ve had very young children in your life, you know that the world of make-believe is important […]

Songwriting Tips and Tricks: Contouring a Melody

If your song melodies sound like random, aimless wanderings, here are some ideas for curing your problems. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and solve your songwriting problems TODAY. _____________ Take a look at any successful song melody from any era, and you’ll see almost universally that it has the following characteristics: A general sense […]