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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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Create Introductions To Songs, Piano Tutorial, Part 1

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on September 4, 2016

How to Write A Song – Choosing the Most Effective Note to Begin a Lyric | Songwriting | Tips

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on August 13, 2016

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Pat Green – Songwriting advice

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on August 8, 2016

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How to Write A Song – Creating Effective Choruses | Songwriting | Tips & Techniques – Berklee Shares

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on August 4, 2016

My Song – Lyrical Poetry — CompoSession

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 29, 2016

My Song Seems like there’s no where else to go your like a shadow everywhere I go Your the only thing I’m good at without you theres nothing else to do Every other things just come and go Even people, there are so few I know Everything else I do, I blow Every other else […]

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Avoid Songwriting Autopilot! — Man vs. Row / Songwriting Pro

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 25, 2016

To be honest, the whole thing is kinda fuzzy. I’m not sure I can tell you exactly what happened, but… I think I blacked out during my cowrite. There I was, sitting across from my cowriter, working on a song – him with his guitar and me with my coffee and laptop. Things were going…

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Why Are There 14 Writers On Thomas Rhett’s Song “Vacation”? — BUZ’N @ 102.9

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 13, 2016

Thomas Rhett doesn’t want to get a copyright infringement on his song “Vacation” so he gave songwriter credit to the writers of the song “Low Rider”

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Co-Writing Guidelines — AOCS

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 11, 2016

There are no rules to co-writing, but if you are thinking about starting up, here are a couple of guidelines I have found helpful: 1. set the same day and time every week 2. decide first how you want to split the royalties (50-50 is good to start, but you can also decide on […]

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