Adapt time-tested songwriting principles used by the masters to better craft your own original material. Learn how to add an outro, experiment with multiple bridges, and more.
- [Julian] Have you ever been listening to a song that you love and been blown away by a magical moment? Listened in amazement to a melody or a chord and wondered, how did they do that? What if I told you there was a logic behind that moment? That not only was there a reason why the writer made the choice, but that it's a choice that's been made again and again throughout the history of pop music. And what if I told you that you could use that same magic trick in one of your own songs? I found that any songwriting trick is actually the tool that's been used by great songwriters time and again. They are techniques that push up against a listener's expectations, and use those constraints to make musical ideas feel fresh and exciting. I'm going to show you some of the songwriting tricks I've learned by studying the masters of pop music. I'm going to show you how they work, and how you can use them in your own compositions. I've created songs specifically for this course that show you how each one of these techniques can be put into action. I've been writing songs professionally for over 20 years, and I've spent my entire career analyzing pop music. I've devoted the better part of my life to getting inside of the songs and figuring out what makes them tick. I'm Julian Velard, and I'd love to share with you all the tools I've learned from the masters of songwriting so that you can take your own songs even further.
- Using your bridge as an intro
- Adding an outro to your song
- Reharmonizing a chorus as an outro
- Ditching a verse
- Experimenting with multiple bridges
- Using modulation in a duet
- Using the tonic chord