Cliff Goldmacher, a songwriting veteran, suggests thinking of songs as having three parts. If your song has more than three different parts to it, you risk making it difficult for your listeners to follow. Keeping your song's structure condensed helps it maintain its momentum as well. Songs can be simple and great at the same time.
- Think of songs as having three parts.…Songs with too many different sections…can be difficult for listeners to follow.…I tend to think of songs in these simple terms.…Just three parts.…If you have verses, pre-choruses and choruses,…then there's no need for a bridge.…Or if you have verses and choruses and a bridge,…there's not really a need for a pre-chorus.…By keeping your song structure condensed in this way,…it really helps maintain your song's momentum.…
Songs can be simple and great at the same time.…In the song "Thinking Out Loud",…the first verse, which starts one second into the song…is followed by a pre-chorus at about 49 seconds in…and that pre-chorus you can identify with the lyric…People fall in love in mysterious ways…and then it goes right to the chorus…at a minute and 12 seconds which is the…Honey now, take me into your loving arms lyric.…And here's a note,…even though there's a guitar solo in this song,…it's the same chord changes as the verse…so there really are just three sections in the song.…
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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 weekly writing assignment
- Cutting down a song's length
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