Looking for that Elusive "Killer Chord Progression?"

by Gary Ewer, From “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: Songwriters often go looking for the elusive “killer chord progression”. It doesn’t really exist. Not because there aren’t great chord progressions out there, but more because chords don’t just work on their own. How good a set of changes is depends on what else is […]

Tips for Writing a Love Song

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: Nothing succeeds like love when it comes to finding a songwriting topic. Songs are successful when they speak to the heart, and it’s likely that everyone over the age of 10 or so can relate to some aspect of love. So there is a huge market […]

Your Songwriting Habits May be the Reason You Can't Seem to Finish a Song

What is your songwriting procedure? Do you have a method of writing, or do you write when the feeling hits you? If you don’t have a process for composing, that may be the very reason that you find it difficult to finish songs that you start. Songwriting, like the creation of any other work of art, is […]

How to Fix a Song That Just Doesn't Work

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: You can learn as much by looking at bad songs as you can by looking at the good ones. The problem is that it’s difficult to find a lot of bad songs to study.If a song has made it to the radio, it usually means that […]

Demo Recording Pitfalls – No Second Chance for a First Impression

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website:   The old adage, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” is never truer than in the songwriting business. Audiences are somewhat fickle, and if you aren’t grabbing their attention pretty much right away, you’re wasting time, and probably squandering the only chance […]

Just Rewriting Your Songs May Not Solve Your Songwriting Problems

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: Because songwriting is as much or more a craft than it is an art, I am a big fan of working and re-working songs. For most composers, the working out of a song from start to finish can take weeks or months. Any songwriter who says […]