7 Principles That Will Make Practically Any Song Work Better

November 5, 2013

The Essential Secrets of Songwriting Blog

These 7 principles apply to most successful songs, regardless of genre.


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Band rehearsalAll successful songs, whether you’re talking about ones written 100 years ago or today, take listeners on musical journeys that are remarkably similar. In fact, research shows that the main difference between old songs and new ones is a difference in performance style, not compositional substance.

The easy proof of that is seeing how incredibly easy it is to take an old tune, like Bach’s “Minuet in G“, and change it into something that would sit near the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the 60s: “A Lover’s Concerto“.

Because of that, it’s possible to make generalizations across practically any and all styles…

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