Friday, April 30, 2004

Push It Real Good

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By changing the type of rhythm or melody you've got in your song
from one section to the next you can create a sense of pulling
and pushing back and forth, which makes the listener more
involved in your song.

You know that feeling when a song builds up and you feel like
you almost have to help it get to the chorus?

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Posted by Bev on April 30, 2004 in Song Structure | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, April 16, 2004

The verse was the chorus

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Many songs don't go into a chorus, but sing the hookline/main meaning of the
song at the end of an elongated verse. Some jazz standards and musical
numbers do this - you sing a long verse twice but the end of the second verse
merges into a kind of middle eight, theres some jazzing around, and then the
verse again, but no real chorus.

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Posted by Bev on April 16, 2004 in Song Structure | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

How long is a song?

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I struggle with song length. If you've said everything you want to say in six
lines, should you even bother writing any more? Of course there is this '3
minute pop song' idea, and 'radio play'. Well, all that 'radio friendly' thing
aside - if you've said what you'd like to say, shouldn't you just duck out,
3 minutes or not?

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Posted by Bev on April 16, 2004 in Song Structure | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)



Songwriting tips, songwriting help and advice for songwriters



Don't forget to check out the categories Creative technique, which talks about the way to make your ideas work, General Songwriting Tips, which is the everyday ins and outs of songwriting, Lyric Writing, which deals only with the problems associated with writing lyrics, Melodies, about the way to use tunes and melody to make your song memorable, and Mental Gymnastics, which discusses strategies for getting out of a Songrut!

Also don't forget to check out the songwriting tips in the categories Performance, which is about how the way a song is delivered can change its meaning, Reader Tips, which is where I keep all the cool songwriting ideas that people have sent in, Singers, which is about singers and singer-songwriter types, and Song Angle, which talks about the different places a song can come from.

And finally, the last categories are Song Structure, which deals with putting the different sections of a song together and Songwriting Style, which is about the way one can write a song.

 
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