If You Have to Beg…

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” set of e-books, and turn your songs into something others want to sing. _____________ For every singer/songwriter, there are two worlds. The first is that tight group of Die-Hard-Fans made up of family and […]

Five Ways to Make Your Song Even Better

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Click here to learn how to take your songs from OK to AMAZING. ___________ From “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: You could already be writing killer songs, and not even know it! Just because you’ve finished a song, don’t assume that it can’t […]

What to Do When Your Lyrics Just Don't Work

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. _______________ Reading lyrics from most hit songs can be surprising for what you don’t see. It’s often amazing to find that lyrics from the best songs out there are actually quite ordinary, certainly not “poetry”, as such. And that’s usually part of a lyric’s […]

Talent vs Knowledge: Which is More Valuable?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. FOLLOW Gary on Twitter, for songwriting tips and news. ___________ Talent – the word refers to a natural ability; to describe someone as talented is to say that they have an innate understanding of the intricacies of their field, and can produce something impressive, even if they lack […]

Does a Song Need a Hook?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. You can find Gary’s songwriting e-books here. ______________ Do a quick online search about songwriting, and many times you’ll read some variation on this sentence: “A song must have a hook.” Depending on what you mean by the word, that could be true. But if […]

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 […]