What’s More Important to a Successful Song – Hook or Motif?

Most songwriters don’t know what a motif is, or how to use it. _______________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”, and become a top-tier songwriter starting today! _______________ You often hear about the hook as a crucial songwriting element. A hook is a short musical idea, typically a melodic fragment partnered with a catchy rhythmic […]

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 […]

Connecting the Pulse of a Lyric to the Shape of a Melody

Try this little experiment for getting your lyric and melody to work well together. ___________ It’s an interesting exercise to read a well-known lyric without trying to think of the melody it belongs to. Try it — you’ll likely find yourself putting the same pauses and pulses of the melody into what you’re reading. It […]

Making Song Melodies Better With the Right Chord Progression

A great melody with lousy chords will come across as a lousy melody. Here’s a bit of chord theory to help. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and discover all you need to know about chords, melodies, and all-important song structure. _____________ You might write a great melody, but if the chords you […]

The Impact of Lyrics on the Shape of a Melody

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”. It’s FUN to become the best songwriter you can be! ____________________ Remember back in December 2010, Paul McCartney and Jimmy Fallon singing “Scrambled Eggs,” McCartney’s purported original lyrics to The Beatles’ hit, “Yesterday”? I was watching the video again today because I had been preparing to write this article […]