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Song Writing – Arrangement Analysis Checklists

Today, some checklists based on the arrangement tips from last time. After you’ve written your song, ask yourself these questions.   What do the instruments do? How do they fit together?   Do they change or stay the same?   Are their parts simple or complex?   Do the...

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Song Writing – Arrangement

We’ve covered lyrics over the last 2 posts (and previously I gave a few brief top tips for song writing). Now it’s time to move onto arrangement proper. Melody I know it’s not part of arrangement, but it’s too important to ignore. Many songwriters take a lyric and a...

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Song Writing – Lyrics part 2

Last time we looked at basic lyric structure. Today I’m going to get more into the actual words themselves. Make Your Opening Line Attention Grabbing It has been said many times (a few of them by me on this blog) that you have SECONDS to grab a listener. If...

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Song Writing – Lyrics part 1

I’ve neglected this topic, too much for too long. Today we’re going to start a series of posts on song writing. Some people are very precious about their songs and have major objections to any kind of “rules”. None of what I’m saying here is hard and fast and...

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Music Theory – part 3

Intervals The interval between two notes is their distance apart as tabulated below: Same octave (less than 8 notes apart One octave (8 notes) above C – C (same note) unison C – C’ octave C – D 2nd C – D’ 9th C – E 3rd C – E’ 10th...

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Music Publishers

Music publishers exist to develop, protect and give value to music. Publishers sign song writers, not bands or artists so only the writers in your band need one. Much like record companies they will have no interest in you unless they are sure you will make them money. Publisher’s...

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Copyright

“Copyright is the means by which those who make and own creative works (e.g. music and literature) can control who makes use of their work and the circumstances in which it is used, to ensure that the integrity and value of the work is respected.” In the UK a...

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Songs – Some General Tips

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