Keeping Songs Fresh, and the Predictability Factor

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. You don’t need to wait for inspiration to write great music! _________ In musical composition, we use the word “fresh” to mean that there is an acceptable dose of innovation and creativity. A song that bores us is suffering from one of two things: it’s either 1) too […]

Do The Same Songwriting Principles Apply to All Genres?

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. You don’t need to wait for inspiration to write great music! _________ It’s a fair question for a songwriter to ask: If you’re going to talk about songwriting principles, doesn’t it make sense that each musical genre should have its own set of principles? After all, you […]

Creating Beauty in a Verse Melody

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle, and build your audience base, starting right now. _________ Songwriters often find that chorus melodies are easier to write than verse melodies. The chorus is often comprised of a hook, or even a series of hooks tied together, and this can be an important part of making […]

What Compels You to Be the Songwriter You Are?

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ Recently someone posted an observation on my video about the circle-of-fifths. In that video, I was describing the harmonic strength that comes from root movements of chords that are a 4th or 5th apart, which is the theoretical basis of […]

5 Ways to Give Your Chorus More Emotional Punch

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ When you look at hit songs from the past 50 years, patterns and commonalities become apparent regardless of era or genre. Those patterns, those “things songwriters do” become the basis of what we usually call the “rules” of songwriting. And […]

When Successful Songs Defy Explanation

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ America’s first big hit, “A Horse With No Name” (1972), written by Dewey Bunnell, seems to defy all “rules” for creating a successful chart-topping song. Melodic contour is almost non-existent, and the entire song is built on a 2-chord progression: […]