Join Cliff Goldmacher for an in-depth discussion in this video Cut your song’s intro in half, part of One-Minute Songwriting Tips.
- Cut your song's intro in half.…One of the most important things to remember…if you're writing songs for the commercial market,…is how very little time you have…to get your listener's attention.…It's understandable that we as songwriters want to…give our songs our full loving and undivided attention,…which is why a long winding musical intro…feels perfectly natural as a way…to set the stage for the song to come.…The reality though is that our listeners…rarely give a song their entire attention,…which is why you, as a songwriter,…have to go and get it, quickly.…
A short to-the-point intro,…which leads directly into the verse of the song,…is the first step towards pulling your listener in.…
Listen to the songs Cliff references in the course by subscribing to his Spotify playlist, Cliff's Weekly Songwriting Tips.
- Writing lyrics that are easy to sing
- Putting the message in the chorus
- Being productive at home
- Putting the hook at the end of the chorus
- Keeping rhyme schemes consistent
- Using repetition in melodies
- Making rough recordings
- Reading poetry for inspiration
- Writing at a regular time
- Taking a writing assignment
- Cutting down a song's length
Skill Level Beginner
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