Tips & Tricks

Classic and Modern Types of Bridge Sections

If you’re a songwriter, you probably have opinions on Bridge sections. Many of us tend to use only a couple of types of Bridges, and that might come from the songs that have influenced us. If you’re writing an ABBA song, the options are limited. You might hate Bridges and routinely skip them.  Either way,…

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How to Make Your Chorus Stand Out

We’ve all heard the common advice: Make your Chorus stand out by jumping up in vocal range. Sometimes it feels like the only way to create a catchy Chorus that has everyone singing along. However, if we take a listen to many pop songs in the last five years, singing higher notes for the Chorus…

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What are AABA Songs?

Many of us are used to the regular Verse-Chorus format. AABA Songs are less common, but a classic song form that is great for understated choruses or highlighting a meaningful tagline. The form itself mimics a traditional storyline, lending itself to those types of songs. The AABA Form: A – first verseA – second verseB…

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Another Way to Think About Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is something that all songwriters will face at some point in their journey. Every person is different and might need varying ways of getting back into writing music. It can be a personal process that you can’t work though the same way every single time.  Writer’s block can sound like a scary, daunting…

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How to Find a Co-Writer

I am a huge advocate for co-writing, but it wasn’t that long ago when I was way too intimidated to ever think about writing songs with someone else. I was worried I would get too nervous to have anything to contribute, but mainly, I just didn’t know how to find co-writers. After a few years…

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How to Have Successful Co-Writing Sessions

Co-writing is the perfect solution for many songwriting setbacks: writer’s block, getting started, getting finished, finding inspiration, overcoming self-doubt and much more. But co-writing can be intimidating, too—what if the session doesn’t go well? What if I don’t contribute to the song? I didn’t try co-writing for years because of these fears. Here is what…

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How to Finish: The Other Hardest Part of Songwriting

If you’ve read my post on how to start, you know that your writing can flow as soon as you can bring yourself to actually start the process. Still, even if you’re halfway through, it can be easy to hit roadblocks and have trouble finishing your song. Whether it’s a matter of logistics, writer’s block…

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How To Use the Rule of Two in Songwriting

The Rule of Two is something writers often do subconsciously. The concept of repeating something only twice before changing something helps the listener engage with the music. It prevents the feeling of a section dragging on (as pop songwriters and critics like to say, “Don’t bore us, get to the chorus!”). There are many instances…

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How To Create Contrast Between Sections

One of the fundamentals to songwriting is creating contrast between sections. I say “fundamentals” because it is one of the first things you might learn, but like most of the basics, it requires practice and persistence throughout your lifetime of writing music. Even after more than a decade of songwriting, this is still something I…

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