Join Cliff Goldmacher for an in-depth discussion in this video Similar sections should have similar structures, part of One-Minute Songwriting Tips.
- Similar sections should have similar structures. In general, it's a good idea to keep similar sections in your song similar in structure. In other words, your first verse should match your second verse in number of lines and rhyme scheme, and your choruses should have the same length and lyric. There are always exceptions to this approach, but here's the reasoning behind it; the simpler and more clear your song is, the more memorable it will be.
Memorable is a good thing. I'm in no way suggesting not to tackle complex topics or musical themes, I'm simply saying that complicated and different don't in and of themselves mean success. The real challenge is to tell your story, whatever it may be, in the simplest most effective way.
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- 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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