The placement of your lyric's hook is essential to your song's success. Music producer and songwriter, Cliff Goldmacher, suggests that songwriters should consider putting their lyrical hook at the end of the chorus where it is most likely to be noticed by the listener. In this weekly online video tutorial, he suggest not only putting the hook at the end of the chorus but setting it up with a rhyme in the line before.
- Try putting the hook at the end of your chorus.…The placement of your lyrical hook is almost as important…as the hook itself.…If you don't place the hook in a position…where the listener is most likely to notice it,…you risk diminishing the power of your message.…The last line of your chorus is a great place…for your hook.…You can use the initial lines as a build up…and then deliver your hook as the payoff.…It might feel good to have your hook…as the first line of the chorus too.…Do both.…And as a related tip, set up your hook in the last line…with a rhyme in the line before it.…
This makes the hook much more satisfying for your listener…when they get there.…In the song example, House Party,…the singer sings house party at the top of the chorus,…about 38 seconds into the song,…and then again at the end of the chorus a couple of times,…starting at about 57 seconds.…This is really effective…and leaves no doubt as to what the hook is.…
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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