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GARY EWER – How Songs Change Key – From Start to Finish

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on October 11, 2017

 

Published on Sep 19, 2015

Even though most songs are “in a key”, the truth is that many of them change keys, sometimes several times, as they move from verse to chorus to bridge. But how do songwriters do that? What are the key relationships? In this video, Gary Ewer takes a look at several hit songs and shows how you can subtly change key to keep your songs’ chord progressions sounding interesting.
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Learning Music With Ray – Verse/Chorus Song Form

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Creating Hooks: Songwriting Tips from Neil Diercks | Berklee Online | ASCAP | Songwriting

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on August 26, 2017

 

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Published on Aug 30, 2016

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In this free songwriting tutorial filmed at the 2016 ASCAP Expo, Berklee Online songwriting instructor Neil Diercks offers tips for creating different types and layers of hooks that will make your songs memorable and impactful in the industry.

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About Neil Diercks:
Neil Diercks is a Los Angeles-based songwriter, song coach, and musician. He served for many years in various capacities at Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., in Nashville, beginning as an intern and eventually becoming Manager of A&R Activities. It was within this role that he worked with hit songwriters including Gary Burr, Steve Bogard, Stephony Smith, Jeff Stevens, and Victoria Shaw, who penned hits for artists such as Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Ricky Martin, and Christina Aguilera.

Neil is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music, where he studied songwriting, voice, and music business, and went on to serve on the Board of Trustees for three years. He has lectured and led songwriting workshops internationally, and has won several awards for his teaching, including the UPCEA Excellence in Teaching award (2015); the Pearson Excellence In Online Teaching award (2015); The Berklee College of Music Distinguished Faculty Award for Berklee Online (2016). He currently collaborates with songwriters and artists in Los Angeles and around the globe.

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Berklee School – How to Write a Song – Tips for Writing Lyrics to Music | Songwriting | Tips & Techniques

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on August 24, 2017

 

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Published on Sep 10, 2015

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In this free tutorial, Berklee Online instructor Andrea Stolpe shares how to write a song using tips and techniques that will help you to write lyrics to music and convey your message to your listeners.

Placing that perfect lyrical idea into a melody without it sounding unnatural is a common obstacle to many songwriters. An unfortunate setting of a word or phrase can sink the emotion of the song, calling your listener’s attention away from WHAT you are saying to HOW you are saying it. Writing Lyrics to Music analyzes a variety of song forms to instruct you on key lyrical and melodic components: stressed and unstressed beats, rhyme positions, melodic sections, and tone. You’ll work through different musical feels and time signatures, and discover how the natural shapes of the words follow the shape of the melody, ultimately creating a much more expressive composition. This is a “can’t miss” course – it’s bound to take your writing to the next level. It will also make you a more valuable co-writer.

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For more songwriting tips and techniques watch these free tutorials:
How to Write A Song: Sensory Writing Tricks
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How to Write A Song: Use Critique to Improve Your Songs
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Want more? Learn songwriting online with Berklee:
Learn techniques for writing original songs in a variety of musical styles—techniques that have propelled Berklee alumni to write number one songs and win Grammy Awards. In this program, you will develop skills to create song structures, harmonies, melodies, and lyrics that support and enhance the ideas that you want to express. Through listening and analysis, you will be able to recognize and discuss quality elements in musical and lyrical structures. You will learn arranging techniques that support the style and structure of a song with appropriate instrumentation. You will develop your own voice as a songwriter and learn to write more effectively and efficiently, whether by yourself or in collaboration with other songwriters.

Andrea Stolpe is a multi-platinum recorded songwriter, performing artist, and educator. She has worked as a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and Universal Music Publishing, with songs recorded by such artists as Faith Hill, Daniel Lee Martin, Julianne Hough, and others. Andrea is the author and instructor of the course Commercial Songwriting Techniques, part of Berklee Online’s online songwriting program. Recently released in fall of 2007, her book Popular Lyric Writing: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling describes how to apply a unique process for uniting our artistic voice with the commercial market.

Andrea graduated with a degree in songwriting from Berklee College of Music. She continues to tour and promote her solo release, “Breaking Even,” and serve as a guest clinician nationally and abroad. Andrea lives in Los Angeles with her husband, recording engineer Jan Teddy.

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GARY EWER – How the Rhythm of a Melody Changes as a Song Progresses

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on August 23, 2017

 

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ublished on Apr 17, 2017

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There are subtle changes in the kinds of rhythms you use in a verse melody, compared to what you often see in a chorus. Rhythm is, of course, partly determined by the lyric, but there is a lot more to it than that.

In this video, you’ll discover the secrets of increasing the impact a chorus melody has, by elongating and simplifying the rhythms. Two songs serve as demonstrators for this basic principle: “Take It Easy” (Jackson Browne/Glenn Frey) and “Love Me Like You Do” (Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Ali Payami, Tove Nilsson)

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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

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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

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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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