You can get your listener's attention by having your melody rise in pitch at the chorus. It's a cue. says pro songwriter Cliff Goldmacher, that people should listen more closely. This songwriting tutorial is designed to help you appreciate the unwritten cues that a rising chorus melody can provide. It tells your listeners you're headed for the main message of your song.
- Rule number 13.…Melodies rise in pitch at the chorus.…This is a cue for your listener…that you're headed to the main message of your song.…Melodies are full of unspoken cues…and this is a classic one to pay attention to.…In the song example, "To Have and To Hold,"…the melody in the chorus builds to a peak,…and the highest note of the song…is in the middle of the chorus…to create a real sense of drama and release…and then descends back down into the hook…as a way of letting people know…that you've arrived at a really warm…sort of wonderful moment in the song.…
But the pitch rises at the dead center of the chorus,…and that's what makes it powerful.…So, let's give a listen to that example now.…♫ In love…♫ Lo and behold…♫ I've been a fool…♫ but only a fool…♫ Would hang onto hope long enough to know…♫ There's no letting go…♫ To have and to hold you ♫…- And for our Grammy Award winning song example,…give a listen to…Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own by U2.…
- 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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