5 Ways Lyrics Will Strengthen Your Song’s Form

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ Every song you write represents an attempt to communicate thoughts and ideas to others. Every element you compose contributes to that task. Without a doubt, we communicate most directly by our words: the lyrics lay the groundwork and tell the […]

The Pop Song and the Hook: Creating Memorable Music

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ I am not one of those who believes that every song must have a strong hook. Some songs are like fine wine: their appeal grows over time, and in those songs the hook is not clear or distinct. But it’s […]

Starting Your Next Song With the Chorus

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle. Over 390 pages of songwriting instruction, covering every aspect of how great songs are written! _____________ A song is a musical journey, and in order for that journey to make sense to the listener, things need to unfold in a somewhat logical way. If your songs usually involve verses, […]

Working Backwards Creates Better Songs

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and get a new perspective on how great songs get written! _____________ If you were going to take a trip somewhere, it would be a bit strange to set out without having any idea of where you’re going. In fact, that kind of trip usually gets called a […]

Songwriter’s Experiment: Try This Evaluation Method

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! ____________ Here’s an interesting and useful experiment that songwriters can try, one that will help get a clear picture of song energy. It works whether you’re simply at the guitar-vocal demo stage, or if you’ve got a more-or-less finished product: Listen to […]

Does Music Theory Stunt a Songwriter’s Creativity?

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and be the best songwriter you can be! ______ Is it possible to create attractive, appealing song melodies without having a strong background in music theory? I believe it is, and I say that as a person who has had a career-long interest in teaching music […]