The Biggest Missed Opportunity in Writing Songs for Impact

If you are writing songs with lyrics, and if your goal is to create an emotional impact, then this is perhaps one of the fundamental concepts that you’ll want to keep in mind.  This is such an often-missed opportunity (even among songs that are very impactful already), though it is …

Tuneful vs. Untuneful Melodies

There are two different kinds of melodies.  Tuneful ones and untuneful ones. Now what is a “tuneful” melody? Definition It’s one where if you play that melody instrumentally, it still holds listeners’ attention. That sounds obvious if you’re talking instrumental music, but in songs with words, that’s not always a …

Intervals: Basic Building Blocks of Music

An interval is a distance between two notes. A song is made up of many intervals. An interval has two directions: up or down.  Going up has an energizing effect.  Coming down is the opposite — calming, settling, depressing, and so on.  It basically takes away energy. The other element of an interval is …