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5 Reasons To Include a Bridge In a Song’s Design

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 25, 2017

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Check out Gary Ewer’s Songwriting eBooks: http://www.secretsofsongwriting.com/p… Not every song uses a bridge section, but how do you know if your song would benefit. In this video, Gary goes through five situations songwriters encounter that can be solved by adding a bridge after the second chorus.

 

 

 

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GARY EWER – Making Use of Musical Ambiguity in Your Songwriting – The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 4, 2017

There is a pattern you’ll notice in most pop songs, which is that as they move along, they alternate between sections that are ambiguous in nature and sections that are much clearer and easy to understand. I like using the terms “fragile” and “strong”: In many songs, that “fragile-strong” labelling is synonymous with “verse-chorus” structure.…

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GARY EWER – What a Good Melodic Shape Does For a Song – The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 3, 2017

In music, a melody that exhibits a kind of “arch shape” is a natural one that really works. Sometimes that arch shape — where the melody starts low in pitch, rises in the middle, and then descends again, is really clear and obvious, like the melody for Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line”: And sometimes…

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Beginner Finger-Picking For Americana, Country, Folk and Songwriting!

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on May 7, 2017

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GARY EWER – In Songwriting, Simplicity Always Works — As Long As The Emotional Connection is There – 4-28-17

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on April 29, 2017

I love musical complexity. I love how it stimulates my mind and gets me thinking. I love how complexity sounds pleasantly unpredictable. In complex music, I never know which direction the song is going to go, and I love that. Writing complex music, however, is a risk. It’s not a given that complex music will…

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GARY EWER – Why Hooks Are So Important To Pop Songs

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on April 1, 2017

It’s only taken me about a year and a half, but I finally have a new songwriting video up. “Why Hooks Are So Important To Pop Songs ” is an introductory view of song hooks – what they are, and their fundamental characteristics. The video actually serves as a good introduction to more in-depth look…

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Written in the Stars – Elton John, Leann Rimes

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 10, 2017
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Gary Ewer – Controlling the Emotional Impact of Lyrics

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 2, 2017

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Worth Repeating: a documentary on songwriting

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on February 16, 2017

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Writing a Song Melody That Uses an Arch Shape

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on February 15, 2017

In 1937 Carl Orff wrote “Carmina Burana,” a 25-movement song cycle/scenic cantata that became an instant audience favourite. My choir, Dalhousie Collegium Cantorum, is working on this piece in preparation for an early-April performance, and it’s a ton of fun. Even if you aren’t familiar with the entire work, you likely do know the epic first song, “O…

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Creating a New Song Melody: 4 Tricks

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on January 14, 2017

There are lots of tricks that composers have used over the centuries to create new melodies based on already-existing ones. Some ideas: Slowing a known melody down so much that it becomes unrecognizable as the original. Example: The first phrase of Mozart Piano No. 16 in C major served as the main melody for “Hey…

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How to Write a Song: Sensory Writing Tricks | Songwriting | Tips & Techniques

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on January 8, 2017

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Gary Ewer – How Talent and Instinct Can Get In the Way of Good Songwriting — The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on December 30, 2016

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Good songwriting happens when someone has an instinct for it. But like anything in the arts (or in anything, come to think of it), great songwriting happens when you build on your innate talents, through study, analysis and practice. Most people who write songs have at least some level of instinct and talent, because it’s unlikely…

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Paying Closer Attention to the Rhythm of a Chorus Melody — The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on December 7, 2016

I’ve written a fair bit lately about making a verse more effective, either by creating an interesting key change, or by paying closer attention to how the verse connects to the chorus. In this post, I want to look more closely at the chorus itself, and address an issue when the chorus itself just doesn’t…

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Chord Ideas for Connecting a Verse to a Chorus — The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on December 6, 2016

There are a few important spots during a song, moments that serve as connectors between one section and the next. What happens during those connecting moments will either enticingly pull the listener along and make them want to keep listening, or that moment will fail to do its job, and we feel a temporary “lull” in…

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Gary Ewer – Songwriting: Changing Key Within a Verse — The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on December 3, 2016

Most of the time, a song will start and end in the same key without ever changing. But once in a while, it can be interesting for the audience if they hear the music move off to some new key, even if that key change is just temporary. In music theory terms, it’s called “modulation.”…

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The Summer of ’44 — The Girl @ No.43

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on October 23, 2016

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Any songwriter knows good songs don’t always come easy. They also don’t always turn out right the first time. There have been a few of my songs where the original idea has been good, but my execution was a bit below par. In some cases I’ve given up at this point, but in others I’ve […]

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Gary Ewer – How Songs Change Key From Start to Finish

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on October 14, 2016

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The C.L.I.M.B. Episode 33: Songwriting Chart Study — Man vs. Row / Songwriting Pro

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on September 28, 2016

The C.L.I.M.B. Podcast Episode 33 is live and ready for download! In this week’s episode, Johnny and I dive into the Billboard Country Singles Chart to pull out some songwriting lessons. Learn from success! (And be sure and subscribe so you never miss another helpful episode!) CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE C.L.I.M.B. ON ITUNES The C.L.I.M.B. stands…

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Add Some Style to Your Songwriting — SongSmith

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on September 23, 2016

“Write great music that you can be proud of today, a month later, and even 25 years from now. At SongClass, you will discover an ever-expanding collection of high quality interactive songwriting lessons, advice, technics and other resources to help you develop your songwriting talents to the highest levels possible.” Register at http://songclass.biz -SongSmith-

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