How Tempo Affects Your Song's Melodies

Great songs SELL! – Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle and START WRITING GREAT SONGS! __________________ Following guidelines as you write songs can help you keep on track, and minimize the possibility of your song “failing.” But truth be told, it’s hard to come up with rules and regulations that guarantee the success of a […]

The Tonic Note's New Place in the Chorus

Get FANTASTIC RESULTS! – Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle and START WRITING GREAT SONGS! __________________ It’s a commonly-known songwriting principle that the tonic note – the note representing the key of your song – should occur more often in the chorus melody than in any other part of your song. This will probably happen […]

Nice Song, But Where Are the "Hooky Bits?"

Get FANTASTIC RESULTS! – Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle and START WRITING GREAT SONGS! __________________ A discussion on songwriting usually centers on the usual suspects of song structure, melodic shape, chord progression, and getting all those things to work together properly. Lately, however, I’ve found my mind focusing on the part of songwriting that […]

Avoiding the 7 Most Common Songwriting Problems

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Good Key Changes that Startle the Listener

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Balancing Inspiration and Work Ethic in Songwriting

Open Up Your CREATIVE MIND! – Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle and START WRITING GREAT SONGS! It’s hard for non-writers of music to believe that musical composition can happen without inspiration. Surely songs can only be written if the songwriter feels the muse, that musical urge, that flash of revelation. Sometimes, it really […]