Cause & Effect Music Theory

One way to approach music theory and songwriting is to think in terms of cause & effect. Understanding the musical devices (chords, riffs, melodies) and the impressions each gives will provide you a toolbox you can use to concoct songs that create a particular emotional impact.  I started writing songs in high school, but …

Ari’s Music Theory Primer

A detailed discussion of music theory is outside the scope of this blog, but here’s my take on some fundamental music theory concepts, so you know what I’m talking about. Harmonic Theory In Western music, an octave is divided into 12 equal steps.  Each step is called semitones or half-step. …

Eight Elements of an Impactful Song: an Overview

An impactful song is one where all the elements work together to form a cohesive, focused expression. Let’s think about this for a moment. Most of the time, a song is a short form where it just focuses on one feeling. There are longer songs that go through various sections …