When it comes to lyric writing, the key is to remember you're telling a story. Cliff Goldmacher, music industry veteran, suggests telling your story in the most concise and memorable way possible in this songwriting training video. Another thing to remember is that your lyric not only has to tell a great story but has to sound good being sung.
So this first group of rules is all about lyric writing…and when I think about lyric writing,…there are a couple of things in general,…that I like to keep in mind and the first of these…is what I like to refer to as the Hippocratic Oath…of lyric writing which essentially means…"Do No Harm" and here's what I mean by that.…Other than our friends and family,…very few people pay close attention…to the lyric the first few times they listen to a song.…However, they will notice if something doesn't…sound or feel good or natural.…
So the whole idea of a lyric first and foremost,…is just to sound and feel natural.…We'll talk more about that in greater depth…when I get into the particular rules.…Another thing to keep in mind always…is to remember that in your lyric,…you are telling a story in the most…concise and memorable way possible.…There are various songwriting practices…that you can use that will help you…be both concise and memorable.…
- 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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