• How To Write Songs For Sync Licensing

    In today’s ever changing music landscape, writing music for sync has become an important marketplace for songs and songwriters. More music content is being consumed now than at any other time in the history of the world. And, much of that music is showcased in TV shows, movies, video...

  • The 9-Minute Songwriter Workout

    The 9-Minute Songwriter Workout consists of three songwriting exercises designed to get you into the flow of writing without overthinking it. Your best ideas come from the subconscious, and you can tap into this with regular practice. Remember to do these exercises quickly, spending three minutes on each in rapid-fire succession....

  • Conversational Verse Melodies Create Hookier Songs

      Want the best set up for your big hooky chorus? Work on your conversation skills — your conversational verse melody skills, that is. Publishers, artists and producers will tell you they are either looking for or trying to create that next hit chorus — or, at the very least, a chorus...

  • Starting Your Song On The 5 Chord

    Hey Song Meisters! Are you stuck in a chord rut? Well, I’m going to give you a trick I’ve used when writing hits like Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It by Darius Rucker. It's all about placing the 5 chord in  an unexpected place. This is a short video but will...

  • Heart vs. Head: How To Write Your Best Songs

      Songwriting is beautifully complex and yet simple... I am often reminded when teaching aspiring songwriters how simple, and yet complex, writing a song can be. It's a beautiful mix of emotions, wit, determination, and being in the moment. A very common obstacle I see to great writing is what I call...

  • The Magic Behind One-Chord Songs

      I’m obsessed with looking under the hood of great songs to figure out what makes them hum. If we listen closely, some feature cool rhythm patterns in the melody, others defy the norms of form, while other songs showcase unique chord progressions. But, what kind of voodoo pulses through the...

  • Writing an Explosive Hit Chorus in 3 Steps

    Over the course of my career, I’ve had a diverse collection of artists sing my songs, from R&B artist Babyface to rocker Darius Rucker to country’s Reba McEntire. I believe the reason for this lies in my ninja power for writing an explosive hit chorus— songs that leap out of...