What Makes One-Chord Songs Work?
Some of the world’s most popular songs rely on a single chord. Here’s a look at two famous examples of songs that use predominantly one chord, and why they work.
Songwriting Tips: 12 Ways to Create Contrast
Here are 12 songwriting tips that can help you create contrast in your songs. Learn how pitch, rhythm, chords, motion, and phrasing all contribute to making your melody interesting.
Top Songwriting Trends to Look for in 2019
Take a look back at what new and exciting things happened in songwriting in 2018 and how those trends may shape the musical landscape of 2019.
3 Double Tracking Techniques for Songwriters
These three simple double tracking techniques will help your songs sound richer, fuller, and more multi-dimensional. Equipped with audio examples!
Creating a 3-Chord Song on Spire Studio
Read a practical guide to creating and recording a satisfying three-chord song for the time-strapped home recording enthusiast.
5 Alternate Guitar Tunings Every Songwriter Should Know
One of the easiest ways to inspire new ideas for songs is to change the standard E-A-D-G-B-E guitar tuning we all know and love. Here are five alternate guitar tunings that will switch up the way your songs sound.
Part 4: Time Signatures Explained, Writing Songs in Odd Meters
In the continued exploration of writing songs in different time signatures, this time we explore odd meter, which artists use it, and how you can write songs in it.
Exploring the Songwriting Techniques of Tom Petty
It’s been a little over a year since Tom Petty’s passing, and to celebrate his work, we’re revisiting patented Petty songwriting techniques.
Part 3: Time Signatures Explained, Writing Songs in 12/8
In Part 3 of our “Time Signatures Explained” series, learn everything you wanted to know about writing songs in a 12/8 time signature, who has done it, and how it can help you write amazing songs.