Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Verse/chorus/bridge forms, part of Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals.
- Forms based around the structure of verses,…choruses, and bridges are perhaps…the most prevalent in popular music today.…There are many permutations of this type of form,…but the most common shape is verse, chorus,…verse, chorus, bridge, chorus.…You'll instantly recognize this shape in…a wide range of pop songs across eras.…Bryan Adams' "Summer of 69,"…Hall & Oates' "You Make My Dreams Come True,"…Bruce Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia,"…Sara Bareilles' "Love Song,"…Jesse J's "Domino." and Beyonce's "Single Ladies"…are all excellent examples.…
Some of the songs I've mentioned…have the occasional pre-chorus,…but the pre-chorus isn't considered…a defining component of this form.…You really don't see pre-choruses…outside verse, chorus, bridge forms,…and they are typically short in length,…often a melodic extension of the verse.…The bridge in the verse, chorus, bridge form…will typically occur after no less than two choruses.…Sometimes the bridge in these forms…is substituted with an instrumental solo,…drum break, bass drop, or other production method.…
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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