When most commercial songs are broken down into their component parts, it's generally three distinct parts which emerge. In this songwriting training video, professional songwriter Cliff Goldmacher reminds you that songs are generally simpler than you'd think. If your song has a verse and a chorus then a bridge will work but if your song has a verse, pre-chorus, and a chorus, then perhaps you can leave out the bridge.
- Rule number 19,…think of songs as having three parts.…As I mentioned earlier,…songs are actually quite a bit simpler in structure…than we imagine.…So, when you think of three parts for a song,…that could be a verse, a pre-chorus, and a chorus,…or it could be a verse that goes straight into a chorus…and at a bridge.…Really, thinking of songs…in their simplest, elemental parts…can be really helpful in terms of putting a song together…that works well.…
In our song example, No Turning Back Now,…we used the verse, pre-chorus, and chorus approach.…For our Grammy-winning song example,…this is more of a verse and chorus and bridge approach…and that's You've Got a Friend,…the James Taylor popularized, written by Carole King.…
- 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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