Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Familiar pop song forms, part of Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals.
- Song form is constantly evolving alongside popular music.…For every song that uses a recognized form effectively,…I can show you another huge success…that defies formal categorization.…Yet, there are a handful of song forms…that are used over and over again in popular music.…It's because these forms are culturally understood designs…that provide enough contrast to keep a song interesting.…Without using the contrasting components…of verses, choruses, and bridges,…the listener might get bored.…
You just can't keep telling the same part of a story.…The point of any narrative,…be it a song or a play,…or a book or a movie,…is to take the listener on a journey,…and common forms are tried-and-true ways to do that.…
Professional musician Julian Velard starts the course with the building blocks of harmony: notes, scales, intervals, chords, inversions, and basic chord progressions. He then goes into voice leading—showing how to move from one chord to another by changing just one or two notes—and reviews common song forms, from the familiar verse/chorus/verse of pop to the simple verse of the blues. At the end of each chapter, Julian explains the songwriting techniques shown in the chapter within the context of his own original commercially released songs.
- Understanding scales, intervals, and keys
- Triads or three-note chords
- Triad inversions
- Common major-scale chord progressions and cadences
- Voice leading
- Song form elements such as verse, chorus, bridge, hook, and more
- Using common song forms in songwriting
Skill Level Beginner
1. The Building Blocks of Harmony
2. Triads and Chord Progressions
3. Chord Progressions and Voice Leading
4. Song Forms
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