Songwriting, and the Contrast Principle

Gary Ewer’s songwriting e-books show you every aspect of how great songs work, and why bad songs flop. If you’re stuck and can’t seem to finish anything you start, it may be time to take a step back and look at songwriting from a different perspective. __________________________________ If you compare music from different genres, it […]

Does a Song Need a Hook?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. You can find Gary’s songwriting e-books here. ______________ Do a quick online search about songwriting, and many times you’ll read some variation on this sentence: “A song must have a hook.” Depending on what you mean by the word, that could be true. But if […]

Expand Your Songwriting Technique by Expanding Your Musical Mind

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. If you’re looking for a fresh new perspective on songwriting – something to get your songs working again, Gary Ewer’s songwriting e-books will clear your mind and get you writing successful songs. They explain why good songs work, and how to get bad songs working! You can […]

Changing Key to Keep a Song Fresh

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. His songwriting e-books are here. _______________ There are lots of things that songwriters do to keep a song from getting boring. Varying instrumentation, throwing in rhythmic surprises, coming up with an interesting solo or bridge – these are all ways that we typcially hold a […]

What is Good Music?

“It is quite possible to talk about a song as being “good” while actually not liking the song at all.” Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. See Gary Ewer’s Songwriting E-books Follow Gary on Twitter We all have the music we like to listen to. Because we listen to it, […]

Writing Chord Progressions – It's Supposed to be Simple

“If the chord that follows sounds like it came out of left-field, you’ve probably got a chord progression with a problem.” Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. (Check out his songwriting and chord progression e-books.) Follow Gary on Twitter My motto for songwriters is: Songs need to grab attention; chord progressions need […]