As a general rule, there are more benefits to keeping your song short than there are by making it longer. Cliff Goldmacher in this songwriting tutorial suggest that the best approach is to get in, tell your song's story, and get out as quickly and efficiently as possible. It's better to leave your listeners wanting more.
- Rule number 20, when in doubt, make your song shorter. I am here to tell you there is no shame in going under three minutes for a song. Get in, tell your story, and get out. Or to use the old showbiz adage, leave 'em wanting more. There's real value in just getting in there, telling your story, and being done. In our song example, Long Long Time, which you can find in your course materials, the entire song is two minutes and 52 seconds.
Even better, our Grammy award winning song example, Michelle, by the Beatles, weighs in at a brief and concise two minutes and 42 seconds.
- 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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