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Why Avoiding the Tonic Note in Verse Melodies Creates Musical Tension

Written by Gary Ewer (Follow Gary on Twitter) “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook Bundle To create musical tension means that we’re writing/playing music that makes listeners think that something more exciting is right around the corner. Musical tension includes anticipation of a climactic moment in the very near future. And that sense of anticipation is what keeps an […]

How to Give a Song Chorus a Shot of Energy

Song choruses that sound boring will almost always relate to a problem with melodic range. Here’s what to do about that. ____________ Get Gary Ewer’s 6-eBook bundle, “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”, and give your songs a professional polish. ____________ You may have noticed from time to time a problem that keeps happening in your songwriting: the […]

Creating Good Song Melodies From a Chord Progression

A great chord progression means nothing if the melody is unremarkable. _______________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle: Songwriting instruction that’s powerful and effective! _________________ If you like to start the songwriting process by strumming chords, you’ll probably notice that creating melodies that go with those chords is not always easy. One of the most common […]

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3 Great Song Hook Types, and How to Write Them

“Hooks and Riffs: How They Grab Attention, Make Songs Memorable, and Build Your Fan Base“, is part of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” Deluxe 10-eBook Bundle. Get the manuals that thousands of songwriters use to improve their songwriting technique. Read more.. When we talk about creating a hook for a song, there’s a tendency to think […]