Song Structure Idea: Starting With the Chorus

Verse-chorus designs are the most common, but there’s nothing to say that you have to start with the verse all the time. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ It may seem strange to start a song with the chorus if you consider that […]

Songwriting: Analyze Your Failures, and Others’ Successes

Analysis helps you become a better songwriter, but there are times when it’s best to simply move on. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ The analysis of good music can reveal important secrets to you as a songwriter, and I highly advise getting […]

Songwriting, and the Value of a Well-Placed Musical Surprise

Not every song needs a surprising moment, but a well-placed shot of excitement can be what your song is missing. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ When you ask songwriters what part of their songs generally grab listeners and keep them listening, they’ll […]

5 Steps to Writing an Effective Countermelody

A countermelody gives the listener two melodies at once, and considerably boosts melodic interest. Here’s how to write one. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ A countermelody is a second melody that is sung or played at the same time as the main […]

Improvisation As a Cure For Writer’s Block

Improvising activities bring your creative mind front and center. It can spell the end of writer’s block. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ The best musical performances in the world have the innate sound of improvisation at their core. Perhaps that’s why great […]

Performing Your Songs: Part of the Songwriting Process

Getting your songs out there and in front of people is not just entertainment. It’s a vital part of being a songwriter. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ I remember being struck by a statistic I came across years ago when I was […]