Writing Instrumental Music – Do the Same Principles Apply?

Without lyrics, other basic elements of song structure become more important in instrumental music. ____________________ There was a time in the not-too-distant past when instrumental music was a bit more commonplace in pop music than it is today. “Walk, Don’t Run” by the Ventures, “Wonderland By Night” by Bert Kaempfert, and “Wipe Out” by the Surfaris, […]

“Easy Music Theory: Songwriter and Performer Edition” Now Available

Songwriters and performers – here’s a video-based downloadable theory course at a fantastic introductory price! _________ It’s taken a while but it’s ready! Many of you have been saying that you wanted to get my “Easy Music Theory” course, but what you really wanted was a shortened version that applied specifically to the kind of […]

“How Can I Learn To Write Songs?” Answer: I Don’t Know

Songwriting instruction will improve your songwriting abilities, but won’t turn you into a songwriter. _________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get the songwriting instruction that thousands of songwriters are using, delivered right to your computer. _________________ It’s strange that lately I’ve been receiving a large number of emails from people asking […]

Creating Good Song Melodies From a Chord Progression

A great chord progression means nothing if the melody is unremarkable. _______________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle: Songwriting instruction that’s powerful and effective! _________________ If you like to start the songwriting process by strumming chords, you’ll probably notice that creating melodies that go with those chords is not always easy. One of the most common […]

Simple Rewording Exercises to Improve Your Song Lyrics

Simple rewording exercises can help keep your songs off the “worst of” lists. ________________ You could make a case for saying that good lyrics are more important than good melodies or chords. That’s because when someone hears a bad melody, they react by ignoring the song, while when they hear a bad lyric, they react […]

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” […]