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I just posted a guest piece on our blog which is one of those great songwriting tips – it’s about how you should see each song you write as part of your development as a songwriter.

Check it out here.

But, I’m always looking for other nuggets to pass on about improving your songwriting – so I often find myself recommending Gary Ewer’s blog. It’s full of great short tips and I’d encourage you to read as many as you can – bookmark his site and check in regulalrly, as he posts a lot.

The post that caught my eye today is about how to make a chorus outstanding.

Ask someone to sing the theme to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, and you’ll get that famous “da-da-da-DUM” theme. But Beethoven, Brahms, and all other composers realized that most compositions used at least two themes, the so-called “contrasting of ideas.” The first theme is usually the famous one, and the second one? Well, not as many people can hum the second theme from a symphony. Modern day songs have the same kind of idea going. It usually takes two themes, the verse and the chorus melody, to make a song. But in the case of songs, it’s usually the second theme – the chorus – that everyone should be able to hum.

Go and read his 5 tips here.