Songwriting Analysis: Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”

As a song out of the American Idiot story line, this one had a definitive mission: to paint the color of loneliness.  Of excruciating, everlasting loneliness.  And the resolve to keep going despite. Dramatic stuff, and Green Day pulls it off with gusto.  Observe these songwriting techniques here: Repetitive melodic figures applied …

Learn Fundamental Songwriting Techniques from Oasis’ “Wonderwall”

Oasis “Wonderwall” is a very simple and straight forward song, and thus an excellent example for mining songwriting fundamentals for songwriters early in their development.  Really, it’s not necessary to incorporate fancy moves like key and tempo changes for a song to be impactful.  Let’s look at the basics evident …

Songwriting: The Drama of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Dani California”

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ songs are usually harmonically fairly straight forward, but they inject ample character into their performance to make the songs distinct.  That being said, after such a long and fruitful career, they know how to write RHCP songs.  Here are the three techniques discussed in this lesson, …

Songwriting: The Art of Setup Found in Foo Fighters’ “Everlong”

Foo Fighter’s mega hit is indeed an amazing song, containing all the qualities you hope to see in your songs — catchy, heartfelt, infectious, groovy, and unique.  But here we’re going to focus on the art of setup.  A song is made up of many sections and one should always …