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Songwriting Principles

Another recomendation: Gary Ewer’s ‘Songwriting Principles’ series on his Essential Secrets of Songwriting blog.

  • Songwriting Principle No. 1: Contrast Makes or Breaks Your Song
  • Songwriting Principle No. 2: Energy Propels Your Song Forward
  • Songwriting Principle No. 3: Chord Progressions- What Makes a STRONG One?
  • Songwriting Principle No. 4: Fragile Chord Progressions Will Suit Your Verse Melodies

I particularly like the concept of weak and strong chord progressions – weak progressions being those that are harmonically ambiguous, strong those that are definitely in one key.

Melodic Shape

I want to draw your attention to three great posts by a man named Jerry Gates.

Melodic Shape 1

Melodic Shape 2

Melodic Shape 3

They’re about three types of melodic shape that Jerry calls ‘Line’, ‘Circle’ and ‘Square’.

I’m not sure if I would have picked those particular shapes for his examples, but the principles he’s talking about are sound and should help you get a handle on the type of melodies you want to write.