Entire Songs With One Chord Progression – How to Get Them Working

In the past ten years or so of pop music, it’s become much more of a thing to write hit songs that are mostly based on one single chord progression. It sounds like it would just result in music that is repetitive and boring. Or perhaps the better way to say that is: the job […]

How Symmetry Strengthens a Song’s Structure

Symmetry helps to make your song feel like a complete musical journey. __________ “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting’ Deluxe ebook bundle now includes “Hooks and Riffs: How They Grab Attention, Make Songs Memorable, and Build Your Fan Base“. Take your songwriting to a new level of excellence. Get the eBooks.. __________ Humans are pattern-seekers. When we see things that […]

Creating Melodic Symmetry to Strengthen Song Structure

Reversing the direction of a melodic line can give a sense of symmetry to your song, and make it easier to remember. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ Canadian singer-songwriter Lights (Lights Valerie Poxleitner) writes music that demonstrates two songwriting principles that work […]

Creating Melodies with Symmetrical Patterns

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website FOLLOW GARY ON TWITTER Find Your Songwriting Breakthrough – Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” ________________________ Melodies constructed of repeating patterns are usually the easiest melodies to remember, so if writing hit songs is of interest to you, you’ll want to be sure that […]

How to Use Symmetry to Make a Song More Memorable

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. ____________ Symmetry occurs when matching items either face each other, or if they are placed equally distant on opposite sides of a midpoint. For songwriters, symmetry occurs when elements of a song repeat, especially applying to aspects of melody, lyric or form that occur […]

Creating a Melody from the Bass Line

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. ___________ A song works best when all elements work together. No lyric, chord progression, or melody exist in a vacuum; they are like partners that complement each other. That means that all good songs are better than the sum of their parts. Your job […]