“How can I reach more people?” is a question I hear songwriters ask all the time. “How can I get my music out there?” Who wouldn’t love to build a fan base that loves you, supports you and pays for your gambling addiction. …Right? The problem with the How-Can-I-Reach-More-People question…continue reading →
Why Avoid Notes may be f-ing up your melodies right under your radar. How to spot them, get rid of them and when it’s ok to write one.…continue reading →
Does this sound familiar? "I am really struggling with writing contemporary lyrics. I am more of a storytelling guy when I write, but maybe it's just a habit. Maybe you can share some practices, exercises and techniques to get out of the songwriting rut and start building songs lyrics in…continue reading →
I have a really, really cool trick to share with you today, and I thought I’d explain it by telling you about my Top 5 (or is it a Top 10? SPOILERS) Chord Progressions I use on a daily basis. I’m super excited to share this one with you. Creating an interesting chord progression out of nothing is always a fun experience.…continue reading →
1. Ukraine Wins With Jamala's “1944” (+ Israel) Honestly, I couldn’t be happier about this one. It shows that there is room for something special at the ESC. The song has an interesting production going for it and some rather heavy lyrics. What I’m most happy about is how it…continue reading →
So let's talk gossip. Who's gonna win this year and who's gonna bite the dust? In this short & sweet article, you're gonna find all my best guesses for this year, and it's all updated as we go through the various stages of the ESC. I based my picks on…continue reading →
There's a lot of talent present at this year's ESC. I've taken the time to listen to all of the tracks to help you decide on which ones you might want to listen to. There's a lot of great songwriting to be found in a lot of these songs and with each mini-review, I want to give you a little insight into why I think this song is great or why it's not. …continue reading →
Probably the most undervalued factor in becoming a professional songwriter is speed. Being able to write a song in a day or two dramatically increases your output and therefore possibilities.
- The more songs you write, the more artists you can write for.
- The more songs you write, the more you can upload for your fans.
- The more songs you write, the more you can sell (hey, we all gotta make a living, right?)
- It simply feels great to be able to write a song quickly.
- There's no overthinking things, you have to rely on your intuition, meaning your songs don't mutate
- You are always the first to be heard in pitches if you can send in your songs first.
This site is for a new generation of songwriters that write the hit songs of the future. Here are my 5 guidelines to creating any of my programs that set me apart from everyone else:…continue reading →
Melody is king. No other melodic element in your arrangement will ever be as important - not chords, not the bass, not pluck sounds. So it makes sense to take a really close look at what makes a great melody and which parts it’s made up of. If you’ve read my post on how to write chord progressions that grab an audience (which I recommend you do, if you haven’t done it yet), a lot of what you’ll hear in this post will seem familiar. To me, chords and melodies are almost the same thing anyways (and if you would like to hear about that, let me know in the comment section), so it’s no big surprise that melodies come in the same types as chords: Color Melodies, i.e. melodies that sound pretty Direction Melodies, i.e. melodies that go somewhere Blends, i.e. melodies that use both color AND direction