If your song isn't coming together the way you'd like, experienced songwriter, Cliff Goldmacher, recommends switching your verses around. In this weekly songwriting tutorial, Cliff says that in certain instances your second verse when made into your first verse can draw your listeners into your song's story more quickly. And, in turn, the new first verse can add information that is more engaging as well.
- Try switching your verses around.…Sometimes it works.…This is a tip I would place in the every…once in a while folder.…Sometimes swapping the order of your verses…can give your song a little unintended pizzazz.…In certain instances, your second verse…when you make it the first thing your listeners hear,…can more quickly and dramatically pull them in.…And in turn, your first verse, when moved later…in the song, can add information in a way…that's a bit more engaging.…
This trick certainly doesn't work every time,…but when it does, it really does.…
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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