Don’t Ignore Your Playing When You’re Concentrating On Songwriting
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by Gary Ewer
1M ago
Trying to get a handle on writing song lyrics? Discover the benefits of making a lyrics-first method your new go-to process with”Use Your Words! Developing a Lyrics-First Songwriting Process. It’s FREE right now when you purchase the 10-eBook Bundle. Read More If you find yourself needing to write a lot of songs in a short period of time, it can take all of your creative energies. At those times, other creative activities (reading, drawing, listening) might take a backseat, at least for a while. And because of your complete focus on writing, you may find that your pool of ideas dries ..read more
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Here’s An Easy Way to Make Sure Your Lyrics Are Working the Way They’re Supposed To
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by Gary Ewer
1M ago
Every time you write a song, you’re communicating something to your audience. When we think of that word communicating, we automatically think of lyrics, because communication and words go hand in hand. But in good songwriting, everything you write plays a role in communicating. For example, if you want to write a nostalgic song, you need nostalgic lyrics, but you also need for the instruments to be playing in a “nostalgic” way, and you need to sing it with a tone of voice that similarly sounds nostalgic. Even characteristics such as key choice, tempo and backing vocals can effe ..read more
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As a Songwriter, You Need Daily Goals
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by Gary Ewer
1M ago
As a songwriter, you could learn a lot from the companies that make and sell sports watches. These are devices that track the number of steps you take, or the distances you walk or run, as well as allowing you to set up and adhere to any number of specific sports training programs. The success of these devices is their ability to set a daily goal. So even if you aren’t specifically training in any particular sport, you can still aim for a certain particular goal, whether that be 10,000 steps per day, 3 miles per day, or some other specific objective. If you like the chords-first songwriting me ..read more
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Why Playing Live Music is an Important Part of Improving Songwriting Skills
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by Gary Ewer
1M ago
You are likely aware of the term “confirmation bias”. It describes this feeling we have to accept the facts that support or confirm a position we might take on an issue, and we reject facts that seem to challenge that position. We experience confirmation bias in practically every aspect of our normal lives, whether we’re talking about politics, our position on social issues, our favourite sports teams, or even our own children’s accomplishments. Songwriters are very familiar with the chorus hook, but there are other kinds to experiment with, and you will want to discover the power of layering ..read more
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What Music Does to the Power of Your Words
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by Gary Ewer
2M ago
It never ceases to amaze me how music can add so much depth and meaning to the words you use. Or sometimes even without words the music itself can strike deep into the emotional core of the listener. A good example of that can be seen in this video… it shows the opening scene of “The Lion King”, with different background music. You can easily feel the difference in how you react to the scene based on the character of the music that accompanies it: We also witness the power of music when we hear a motivational speech where gradually some uplifting music fades in and powers up the message. Movi ..read more
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How to Write Songs When you Don’t Feel Inspired
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by Gary Ewer
2M ago
The whole notion of songwriting without being inspired to write — it begs the question, “Why”? Why write if you’re not particularly inspired to do so? One reason you might write when not “feeling the muse” is that you’ve got a looming deadline. Perhaps you’re recording, and you need one more song. Maybe you’re taking part in a songwriting circle or workshop, and you need a song to contribute. “Hooks and Riffs: How They Grab Attention, Make Songs Memorable, and Build Your Fan Base” shows you how a good hook can make the difference between songwriting success and failure. With great example ..read more
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Making Imagery an Important Part of Your Lyric
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by Gary Ewer
2M ago
Like so many things in the creative arts, imagery is a difficult thing to define with any kind of precision. Of course you could say that imagery in songwriting is, simply, anything that creates images in the mind of the listener. But to me, there’s more to it, because practically anything you write will create images. In “You Belong With Me”, Taylor Swift wrote: You’re on the phone with your girlfriend, she’s upset She’s going off about something that you said ‘Cause she doesn’t get your humor like I do And you get images in your mind right away. But while there’s absolutely nothing wrong wit ..read more
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“Now and Then” – the Missing Pre-Chorus
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by Gary Ewer
2M ago
I watched an interesting and very good analysis video of The Beatles’ “Now and Then“, called “Comparing John’s demo to the final Beatles track” (David Bennett Piano). As you likely know, the song was composed and performed in demo version by John Lennon back in the 70s, and the analysis video takes a closer look at the original song, with particular attention to an additional section of the song that didn’t make the final Beatles version. That missing section is called a pre-chorus in the analysis video, though it doesn’t bear a lot of resemblance to what most pre-chorus sections in songs do ..read more
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Developing a Song’s Message When the Lyrics are Complex
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by Gary Ewer
2M ago
If you look at a lyric from a typical pop song, you’re not usually looking at something that’s deep or complex. Usually that’s by design: the purpose of most pop songs is to create emotions within the listener, and it’s hard to create emotions when the words and their contextual meanings are intricate or convoluted. Words that often appear in casual conversation are the most common ones to use in song lyrics. “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting 10-eBook Bundle” covers every aspect of how to write great songs. Contains a Study Guide that keeps you focused on becoming a consistently better son ..read more
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When Songs Are Hard to Finish – Reasons and Solutions
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by Gary Ewer
2M ago
Is there anything more frustrating for songwriters than when a song starts easily, but the whole process grinds to a halt before even half the song is finished? There are several potential causes for this sort of thing — and to be honest, you’ll likely encounter each and every one of them at some point. The hook is probably the most important part of a pop song’s success, so getting it right is crucial. “Hooks and Riffs: How They Grab Attention, Make Songs Memorable, and Build Your Fan Base” shows you how the best hooks work, and how to get them working in your own songs. Buy the Bundle ($37 ..read more
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