Song Structure: When a Pre-Chorus or Bridge Is a Good Idea

Here’s how you know that a pre-chorus or bridge will help your song’s structure. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ The verse-chorus form is probably the most common in pop song genres, songs in the 3-6 minute time frame. Of those, many use bridge sections – that shortish part […]

10 Top Features That Show Up in Most Hit Songs

Learn from history! Here are the ten most common characteristics of hit songs, no matter when they were written. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ If you’re a songwriter and you aren’t listening to music from a decade or more ago, you’re missing out on an amazing opportunity to […]

Simplicity is a Songwriting Quality, And It’s a Good One

If you’re trying to build an audience base, simplify what you’re doing. It almost always works. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ When you play your next newly-written song for someone, you certainly don’t want the first words out of their mouth to be, “Hey, your new song sounds […]

How to Improvise Your Way to Your Next Song

If you’re paying attention while improvising, you’ve got the makings of your next song. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ In a way, everything we write is the product of improvisation. We toss ideas around in our mind, try some things out on guitar or keyboard, and create melodies […]

Tips and Tricks: Adding Vocal Harmonies to a Song

Vocal harmonies can go a long way to adding a touch of sophistication to your songs. Check out these tips. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ Too many times I hear vocal harmonies that sound like they’ve been randomly created, and come across as a bit of a mess. […]

Forward Motion, and 5 Ways to Create It

Forward motion grabs listeners, and keeps them listening. Here are some ideas for how to create it. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and discover how the world’s best songs can help you improve! _____________ There are several words and terms relating to songwriting that get used almost interchangeably: forward motion, momentum, energy, power, […]