How Song Intros Can Make or Break Your Song

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ Done badly, a song intro says, “If you wait for a while, someone’s going to start singing, but not until I’ve strummed these two chords a bit longer.” Done well, a song intro entices the listener by presenting captivating musical motifs, […]

Why the Contrast Principle is Crucial in Songwriting

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ Contrast is a feature of music that puts opposite ideas in fairly close proximity to each other. A quiet verse becoming a loud chorus, a low melody moving higher, a minor section moving to a major one… these are all typical […]

Why Are Songs Easy to Start, But Hard to Finish?

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ My experience is that most songwriters can start a new song at the drop of a hat. That’s almost never a problem. The difficulty is finishing it. Those initial ideas that coalesce into something of a musical embryo represent, for most […]

Are You Relying Too Heavily on the Hook?

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ If all you do is listen to top 40 hits, you’re missing out on a ton of good music. More to the point, if you’re working at honing your songwriting craft, you really mustn’t limit yourself to just the music that […]

We Often Rate Songs By The Strength of The Lyric

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ It’s an undeniable fact that the world’s best songs, and hence the world’s best songwriters, are judged primarily on the strength of their lyric. Put simply, there are no songwriters out there who have made a name for themselves as a […]

7 Ideas to Help Neutralize Writer’s Block

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ Humans have an ability that no other animal (apparently) has, which is to think creatively, and to communicate those creations to others. But what do you do when musical ideas seem to dry up? Nothing frustrates songwriters more than the sudden […]