Do you have to be great at all areas of songwriting and performing, or can you find success leaning into one musical strength? Read the post.
An easy way to write a new song is to start with chords that go together. Here are some steps to build a melody from the chord tones. Read the post.
Ready to unleash your inner musician? Here are tips on how to write a song and embark on the creative journey to becoming a music-making machine. Read the post.
From rhythm to mood, bass lines serve many purposes. Learn how to write a bass line to perfectly pair with and serve your song. Read the post.
A good hook catches the ear of listeners. Find out how you can make a hook that will skyrocket your songs to success. Read the post.
Should bridges have lyrics or be instrumental to make an impact? We’ve got tips for how to write a bridge for a song that matches your vision. Read the post
Pentatonix — the groundbreaking, five-person a cappella group — enjoys widespread success due to their soul, skill, and creativity. Their music contains valuable lessons for indie artists of any genre. Read the post.
If you’re writing a dark and brooding song, or you simply want to add something a little different, consider dipping into the Phrygian mode. Read the post.
In our continuing exploration of music theory and songwriting, we dive deep into secondary dominant chords, with examples from popular hits. Read the post.
What do you do when you hit a wall when you’re writing a song? Here are tips from experienced songwriters to help you overcome writer’s block. Read the post.
So you picked a cover song, now what? Rather than copying the original version note-for-note, the best covers typically take the essence of the original and reshape it, so that the performing artist makes the song their own while adding something special and recognizable to their repertoire. Read more.
Looking to spice up your chord progressions? Why not borrow a chord or two from a different mode or scale? Borrowed chords are a tried-and-true way to add an unexpected touch to songs. Read the post.
While major and minor chords get all the attention, don’t neglect music’s lovely diminished chords. They can spice up your boring chord progressions and add drama to your songs. Read the post.
Have you got the music in you and want to start writing songs? Here’s a no-nonsense primer to getting your songwriting career started. Read the post.
We’ve posted songwriting tips that cover music theory, the use of interesting chords, lyric writing advice, and ways to channel creativity. Read and enjoy.