Creating Great Melodies

One thing that has always been an important part of popular music is the melody. Most pop and rock songwriters are preoccupied with coming up with a memorable hook. In most cases this means a great melody (it can also be a memorable lyric or instrumental hook). Writing a great melody seems to be shrouded in mystery to most writers. It usually comes down to trying to find inspiration and hope that something comes. There are in fact many ways that melodies work and can analyzed. There are a couple of ways that you can take a basic idea and vary it in different ways to come up with something original and hopefully memorable.

How to Succeed

There are a ton of resources these days about how to succeed. There are as many articles and books on the subject it seems, as there are people. So why another article on how to succeed? How is this going to be different than any other article?

This is different because it deals with the most basic rule about succeeding. Every other rule and guideline is just a point based on this. Every other reason is an offshoot of this basic principle. It’s nothing new and has been said numerous times and a variety of ways. It needs to be mentioned again here though for all of you musicians out there. Mostly because I feel that musicians and artists are more familiar with this rule than most people out there yet don’t apply it to the other areas of their life. Most of all, they rarely apply it to their career.

The Musician Entrepreneur

Here's a bit of a newsflash for you, if you're a working musician you're automatically an entrepreneur! What's more, this absolutely nothing new. This is the way it has always been. From the time of Bach and Mozart, to Duke, to today, musicians have always had to take care of business. Some famous musicians were notoriously bad at handling business and  finances, while others were quite good at it. The problem is that even though this is standard fare in a musician's career, it's seldom discussed and rarely taught. It's one of those subjects that we're forced to learn on our own. Usually the long, hard way!

How To Write A Song Part 2

Last post we talked about how to go about writing a song. We talked about all of the different ways  that you can go about writing. This post is going to be all about the different things you have to consider when writing your masterpiece.

How To Write A Song Part 1

So you want to write a song! Well it seems that for a lot of people this seems to be one of the things that we dream of doing but never figure we have the skill to do. We all think that we need to have years of lessons, be a master of the guitar (or piano or whatever) and know tons of music say nothing of writing the lyrics. While these things definitely help, there are numerous ways to go about creating your own musical creations.

4 Reasons Why Musicians Fail

Let's face it, being a musician isn't the easiest route to go. There's no security, usually very little money and a high risk of failure. Yet the market is more crowded now than it has ever been. With all those people out there reaching for the same goals, the chances of failure are even greater. Here are the 4 biggest reasons why most musicians fail at making music their career.

Blues Chord Progressions

When it comes to popular music, it's hard to overlook the influence of the blues. You can hear it in everything from Led Zepplin to Nora Jones. It has also had a huge effect on jazz, pop and many types of folk music. There are a number of ways that you hear these effects. One of them is on chord progressions used in songs. Most people think that this is simply a matter of the I-IV-V blues form but it goes way beyond that. Today we'll look at some of the other common blues type progressions.


This is the one that's used in all types of music from metal to dance. Some may think that it's a version of a minor chord progression but the main difference is the melody is a major scale played over the progression. A number of scales can be used over this progression; the major, blues and mixolydian scales are all available. This progression is used in two ways. First it's often used as the main idea in a rock song, usually played with a riff or reocurring line. It's also used in sequences where you would use a I-bIII-IV using the I chord and then transpose the entire progression up a fourth to be used over the IV chord. For example a E-G-A progression to a A-C-D progression.