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 that resonates with their fans. As a songwriter, I’ve been...

Songwriters: Relax and Create Better Songs

Last month was a busy month of mentoring. I believe I mentored 6 people in just one week. One theme that kept coming up is that people are really stressed out over getting their songs to "the right people". So my message today is to relax and create. To begin with, I'm still not sure who "the right people" are,...

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 go a long way in breaking you out of using...

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 "Heart vs. Head Songwriting."  Too much emotional attachment... When a song (let's...

Blueprinting Your Song

Something that has changed my songwriting in a radical way is a technique I call blueprinting your song. With this technique, I've developed into a much better communicator with my lyrics and it has cut my writing time in half (writing fast is not a goal, but it doesn’t hurt to save time). It also stops me from ever getting...

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 veins of one-chord songs? Let me unravel some of the mystery—there’s...