Songwriting
10 of the Top Songwriting Contests To Enter (2022)

10 of the Top Songwriting Contests To Enter (2022)

Planning to enter a songwriting contest? There are a lot of competitions out there for songwriters - more than you might think! The hard part can be finding the right one for you, depending on where you live, and if it suits your preference. From big-name events like the American Songwriter Lyric Contest to more ...

Should You Write Lyrics or Music First?

Should You Write Lyrics or Music First?

Most songwriters start with the music first and then incorporate the lyrics. It makes sense because music listeners tend to prioritize the melody, groove, and timbre over the lyrics. However, writing the lyrics first can be a fascinating exercise, especially for mid to high-level composers. If you're trying to ...

100 Topics to Write Songs About

100 Topics to Write Songs About

There are many different ways to go about writing a song, but, the most important thing is that you have to start with a topic. A Topic can be something as innocent as love to something as dark as hate. The topic should inspire and motivate you in order for the piece of music to come out correctly. This is a list ...

How to Write a Song from the Heart (10 Tips)

How to Write a Song from the Heart (10 Tips)

When a song is written from the heart and with artistic integrity it has the power to change lives and become a part of history. No matter what genre of music you enjoy making or listening to, a song that comes from the heart is a song that can achieve greatness. So if you are looking to elevate your songwriting ...

15 Great Tips for Writing Better Lyrics

15 Great Tips for Writing Better Lyrics

When it comes to listening to music, there are two kinds of people: those who listen to the lyrics and those who don’t. No matter what genre of music you make or enjoy listening to, lyrics play an important part in building the mood and telling a story. For some lyric writing comes naturally, while others may ...

How to Arrange a Song in 7 Steps

How to Arrange a Song in 7 Steps

Song arrangement is about taking a musical idea and organizing it to create a song that flows from start to finish. Arrangements should have a cohesive structure, divided by recognizable sections. Choosing the instruments that make up a song (voicing) is also an important part of song arrangement. What is the ...

What is an Interlude in Music? (Meaning and Purpose)

What is an Interlude in Music? (Meaning and Purpose)

An interlude is an instrumental passage that connects different parts of the song. Interludes generally do not have a fixed length and some artists may even use interludes to transition from one song to another in an album. Although there is no singular definition for an “interlude” in music, artists have often ...

What is a Breakdown in Music?

What is a Breakdown in Music?

A breakdown is a section of a song in which several instruments have solo parts. In music, breakdowns are used for slowing down a theme, building tension, adding variety, and returning to the main verse or chorus in a climactic way.All music genres can have breakdowns, but they're mostly associated with electronic ...

What Makes a Song Catchy?

What Makes a Song Catchy?

“Catchy” songs are often carefully crafted to have that effect on listeners. Using mathematical formulae and human psychology, earworms are made with a lot of thought and intent behind them. What makes a song catchy? Is it mere artistic expression or is there a whole lot more to it? Here is an attempt to break ...

15 of the Best Podcasts for Musicians

15 of the Best Podcasts for Musicians

Podcasts for musicians can be a very viable source of information. Musicians, producers, and performers' interviews can give you so much insight into the world of music just by listening to people's experiences and knowledge. This is a list of some of the best podcasts for musicians. On this list, you’ll find ...

Max Martin and his Melodic Math Formula

Max Martin and his Melodic Math Formula

Max Martin is a music producer responsible for some of the biggest hits out there. His melodic math formula for writing music consists of a few key features: write the melody first, keep it simple, fit the syllables to the notes, then the lyrics are implemented into the equation. If you haven't heard of Max Martin ...

Will We Ever Run Out of New Music and Melodies?

Will We Ever Run Out of New Music and Melodies?

It's quite natural to wonder whether we will eventually run out of new music, particularly because giant music platforms, such as Spotify, already feature more than 70 million songs in their catalog. While some say 'never', others want to prove otherwise. At some point in our history, will all the possible ...

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