5 Ways of Starting Your Next Song

There are several tried and true ways of starting the songwriting process. And if you’re smart, you’ll experiment with all of them. How you start a song has a lot to do with how it finally sounds in the end. If you find that all of your songs have a similar sound, it could be […]

5 Lyrical Problems That Can Cause Songs to Fail

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! _____________ If you ever do an online search for lists of “the worst songs ever”, or “the corniest songs in music history”, you’re in for a fun time. When we talk about corny songs, we’re usually talking about song lyrics. We […]

For Hit Songs, It’s All (Mostly) About the Chorus

Songs usually make use of several sections, all combining, of course, to make a complete musical composition. But for hit songs, it’s mostly about the chorus. Your verse, and pre-chorus if you use one, will describe a story, but what people want to hear is your reaction to that story. That reaction normally happens in […]

The 7 Reasons Your Songs Might Be Boring

Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle – Now with a 7th (free) eBook: “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” _____________ Boring songs are hard to fix. That’s because when listeners are bored, they often can’t put their finger on why. There may be nothing obviously wrong, and yet the song […]

A Quick Key Change Extends a Chord Progression’s Life

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle. Over 390 pages of songwriting instruction, covering every aspect of how great songs are written! _____________ I really do believe that most songwriters worry too much about the possible banality of their chord progressions. It’s OK for a progression to be boring and predictable. In fact, in […]

Songwriter’s Intuition, and the Validity of Music Analysis

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! _____________ Students of songwriting enjoy analyzing music, attempting to figure out why songs work. Does it offer too much credit to a songwriter if you discover things that even the songwriter wasn’t consciously aware of when it was composed? If you study a […]