Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video The bridge or middle-eight song form element, part of Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals.
- The term bridge in today's music…has been borrowed from 32-bar AABA form…and is used loosely to describe any linking passage…between one section to another.…Namely, it's a section that's not a verse or a chorus.…When a song uses a bridge in the middle,…it's sometimes referred to as the middle eight,…which stands for eight bars even though a middle eight…can be 16 bars or longer.…In many songs, it'll come in after the second chorus…to change it up, creating a break before ending the song…with the chorus again.…
And sometimes production elements can take the place…of a bridge, like a drum break or a bass drop.…
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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