A short introduction to your song is essential given how little time you have to get your message across to your song's listener. Industry veteran Cliff Goldmacher in his online songwriting course reminds you that you don't have the luxury of a lot of time before you have to begin telling your song's story. It's best to assume that everyone listening to your song has a short attention span.
- Rule number 17, keep your introductions short.…More often than not,…you won't have the luxury of a long intro…before you begin to tell your story.…Your best bet is to assume that…everyone listening to your song has a short attention span,…whether you're trying to pitch the song…to a recording artist or if the song is on the radio…and people are listening to it.…There are, of course,…always going to be examples to the contrary.…But as a rule, keep those introductions short.…
In the song example I'm going to play for you,…"Long Long Time,"…the intro itself is seven seconds.…That may be shorter than it has to be,…but I feel like it still sets up the song…in a very nice way to get straight to the verse.…Let's give it a listen.…(guitar music)…♫ Whisper of your little voice ♫…Now, for our GRAMMY award-winning song example,…I'm laughing because it's "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse,…where there is exactly no intro at all.…
Give it a listen on your Spotify playlist.…
- 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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