Bolster Your Songwriting Skill With These 5 Writing Games

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-book bundle, and FINE-TUNE your songwriting skills! It’s pretty obvious that the more you write, the stronger your technique becomes. But it really pays off to put a microscope on your songs from time to time, and focus in on the aspects of writing that you find the hardest. […]

5 Ideas for Creating Better Song Accompaniments

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-book bundle, and FINE-TUNE your songwriting skills! ____________________ There’s a lot for songwriters to learn from Classical music. I’ve made the point before that the biggest difference between the way Classical composers wrote their stuff, and today’s good songwriters write, can be accounted for by performance style. Just look […]

Letting a Hook Disappear Boosts its Effectiveness

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-book bundle – You could be writing hit songs! When I hear a song I don’t like, more often than not it’s because I’m bored, not because there’s anything explicitly unlikable about the song. That’s a scary situation for songwriters, because it’s possible to do nothing “wrong”, and end […]

The Subtle Nature of Contrast in Songwriting

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-book bundle, and learn every aspect of great songwriting! ________________________ The worst reaction a song can generate is boredom. Most songwriters would rather deal with outright hatred of their music. Hatred usually means someone didn’t like your tune, but leaves the possibility open that others might like it. But […]

In Songwriting, What is a Strong Foundation?

One of the problems that songwriters often unwittingly face comes from being so intimately connected with the song they’re working on. Because we tend to focus on the parts of a song that are giving us the most grief, we can lose sight of some of the more important elements of basic song construction. For […]

Using a Pre-chorus to Build Anticipation

A verse needs to progress in such a way as to make the chorus feel like the next logical step. By this I mean that verse lyrics, melody and chords should be constructed to build certain tensions that are then resolved in the chorus. But sometimes, moving from the verse to the chorus can seem […]