The Role of the Hook in Verse-Only Songs

The most common song hook is found in the chorus. But in verse-only songs, what role does the hook play? ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ A song’s hook is, theoretically, that thing that keeps bringing listeners back and building an audience base. As the specifics of a song […]

Downward Key Changes Might “Brighten” a Song – Here’s How

If you’re looking for ways to brighten the feel of a song, moving the key downward might (paradoxically) work. Read on.. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ I’ve written about the matter of changing key within a song before, and most of the time I talk about ways to […]

How the Contrast Principle Makes Songs Better

In songwriting, the contrast principle tells us that listeners need to hear stress and resolution. Here’s how that works. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career. _____________ The contrast principle states songs should present opposing ideas as it progresses. Song energy is generated every time your audience hears those […]

Stop Wasting Time: Target Your Songwriting Problems

If you aren’t doing anything to solve your own specific songwriting problems, you’re never going to improve, period. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and find out how hit songs of the past 5 decades can make your songs work. _____________ Has songwriting turned from something that used to be fun into something that’s just frustrating […]

Different Ways to Write an Effective Chorus Hook

A chorus hook is a great way of grabbing the listener, and giving them something to hum all day long. Here are 2 ways to get the job done. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and find out how hit songs of the past 5 decades can make your songs work. _____________ There are […]

Becoming a Better Lyricist: Making an Emotional Appeal

When songs sound “corny”, bad lyrics are almost always to blame. Here are some ideas for improving your lyrical abilities. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ Every language has a written form and an oral form. In songwriting, you’ll want to focus on […]