It's important to remember that songs are art and songwriting is a subjective medium. Pro songwriter Cliff Goldmacher reminds you that for every hit song that follows the rules in this online songwriting course, there are hit songs that break these rules, too. They key is to make your songwriting decisions from a place of knowledge.
- I think it's important to remember…that song writing, like all art is subjective.…For every hit song that follows these rules,…there will be one that breaks them.…My hope is not that you follow every rule…that I've talked about.…But that when you break one of these rules,…you're doing it on purpose.…Making song writing decisions from a place of knowledge…is a much better way to go.…As my friend John Tirro in Nashville told me years ago,…"Every one in a while, you're going to screw up…and write a good song."…What he meant was, sometimes we can write well…without even necessarily knowing why.…
But I would suggest that…by knowing what works and what doesn't,…you can more consistently write songs that you're proud of.…And ultimately have the kind…of commercial success you're hoping for.…A final note of trivia,…the Grammy award winning song of the year for 1977…was "I Write the Songs", sung by Barry Manilow.…But, for those of you who don't know this,…was ironically written by Bruce Johnston,…one of the Beach Boys.…
- Writing lyrics that are conversational and natural
- Making every line count
- Putting your song's hook at the end of a chorus
- Creating simple and unique melodies
- Keeping song intros short and longer verses at the beginning of a song
Skill Level Beginner
1. Ten Rules for Lyrics
2. Five Rules for Melodies
3. Five Rules for Song Structure
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