Rhyme is a device that songwriters have always used in their lyric writing according to professional songwriter, Cliff Goldmacher. In this weekly online songwriting video, Cliff stresses the importance of keeping your rhyme schemes the same in similar sections of your song. Rhyming is a device that make the song easier to remember and learn. This good for both your listeners and any artists your hoping will record your song.
- Keep your rhyme scheme the same in similar sections.…Rhyming is a device that songwriters have used for ages…in lyric writing.…It's designed not only to make a lyric sing more pleasantly,…but also to make a lyric more memorable,…and by more memorable, I mean literally easier to remember.…The more easily our listeners remember our songs,…the more likely those songs are to get stuck in their heads.…It's not just rhyming that makes lyrics more memorable,…but the repetition of rhyme structure.…
By keeping the rhyme scheme the same in similar sections,…from verse one to verse two for example,…you'll be creating a lyric that your listeners…will remember better.…Hopefully the artist considering cutting your song…will find your lyric more memorable and easier to learn too.…In our song example, "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face,"…the rhyme scheme in verse one is AABB.…In verse one which starts at about 14 seconds,…we're talking about eyes and satisfied,…and then night and right.…
In verse two, which starts at a minute and 12 seconds,…
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 weekly writing assignment
- Cutting down a song's length
Skill Level Beginner
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