Balancing Inspiration and Work Ethic in Songwriting

Open Up Your CREATIVE MIND! – Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle and START WRITING GREAT SONGS! It’s hard for non-writers of music to believe that musical composition can happen without inspiration. Surely songs can only be written if the songwriter feels the muse, that musical urge, that flash of revelation. Sometimes, it really […]

Writing a Hook and Making it Work

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How Do I Know if My Song's Structure is Working?

You can write a lot of songs without even thinking about “structure.” But if you’re not at least giving a passing thought to how the various elements your music are organized, you could be unintentionally confusing listeners, and ultimately turning them off. Structure, also known as form, governs everything from the overall formal plan (verse, […]

How Important are Lyrics to the Success of a Song?

Taking a look at the lyrics of the current top hits in North America, it’s easy to conclude that lyrical quality just isn’t that important. “You think I’m pretty/ Without any make-up on/ You think I’m funny/ When I tell the punch line wrong…” are the opening lines of “Teenage Dream.” Or how about this rumination? “You know […]

Discovering and Cultivating Your Songwriting Talent

Most songwriting books and manuals make the assumption, quite understandably, that the reader is already a songwriter, and simply wants a bit of advice. But there are many people who feel that they’ve got the ideas for a song inside them, but have never known how to go about getting those ideas organized into a […]

Grabbing Your Target Audience is a 7-Second Dash

Get “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” e-book bundle. It covers every aspect of how to make your songs better. Stop wasting time, and start improving your skills now. _____________________ Songwriters who write me for help usually send me an MP3 of their latest creation, and ask the question, “What do you think I’m doing wrong?” […]