Making sure that each line of your verses and bridge presents new information is a great way to keep your songs interesting. Veteran songwriter Cliff Goldmacher reminds you that given how little space you have to tell a story in songs, you can't afford to say the same thing twice. This songwriting training video helps you to consider the listener's attention span and keep the story moving forward.
- Rule #5:…Make sure every line of your verses and bridge…provides new information.…Songs are short.…You really can't afford to say the same thing…more than once.…The whole idea is to keep your listeners' attention span…in mind and move the story along with every line…that you write.…In our song, A Little Bit,…one of the things that we did in our second verse…just to move the story along was to use the line:…"A little bit over getting over you"…which tells more of the story and lets the listener know…there's someone else involved.…
In other words, each line of each of our verses…was designed to tell a little bit more…and reveal a little bit more of our story.…In our Grammy-winning song example,…the song Sunny Came Home by Shawn Colvin…does an absolutely beautiful job of telling a story…where not a single line or word is wasted.…
- 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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