Songwriting takes so much time and effort that many people give up before they have a chance to finish the song. Many people focus too much on the finished project before looking at all the components of songwriting, but the truth is that before you can create your own song, you need to learn the basics of songwriting. Let’s take a moment to look at the elements of songs that make up the basic structure of today’s song and how each section or element of your song will be lyrically and melodically different.
The first part you hear is called a verse. A verse is basically a story book of a song. Here the listener will get all the details of the situation or the emotional tone of the song he or she is listening to. The first verse is very important because it must catch the listener’s attention and make him/her want to listen to your song at the end. He does this with unique images and details instead of giving facts or feelings about the situation in the song. This makes listening more rewarding, making the listener imagine the situation.
Melodically, the poem retains a natural, conversational flow. Each verse retains the same melody, allowing small changes to adapt to the text.
Depending on the structure of the song, the listener will lead to the choir. The choir is the emotional climax of the song. It is an episode that repeats after each verse, about three, four, or maybe even more times throughout the song. The choir summarizes the whole theme of the song and contains one of the most important lines in a contemporary song: the hook. The hook is the place where most songwriters start their process because it communicates the whole song point. It is much easier to generate ideas around the main idea than to try and perform a song from beginning to end.
Melodically the choir is different from the poem and each choir will be the same. Different songs require a different melodic action from the choir. Some choirs end up with a higher range of notes than the line, sometimes they remain within the same range of notes. The main purpose of the choir’s melody is to create a slight contrast between the poem and the choir. This gives the listener something that allows them to look to the future, but also gives them a sense of tension and liberation. Some songwriters use the choir to build tension while leading to the choir.
A relatively uncommon element of the song is the chorus. The chorus is used only in Basic Song Structure, which looks like this:
Refrain is a lyrical line that repeats and contains the same words and is contained in a line. It is usually the first or last line of the line of the line. It preserves the work of the choir, summarizing the theme and giving the line something to resist. This line gives the listener something to expect. Melodically, the refrain will usually remain the same as the rest of the poem.
Last but not least, it is a bridge. The bridge creates a contrast and emotional impact for the listener, as well as a break from the expected one. You can use the lyrics of the bridge to reveal a secret about the situation or the characters of your song, or you can use it to turn in your story.
Melodically, the bridge is very different from the rest of the song. Songwriters will usually take it to a new range of notes to provide plenty of contrast.
To better capture the basic elements of the song, listen to some of today’s hits. Listen to all the sections and pay attention to how the songwriter uses each of these elements to create emotional tension and release and contrast. Listening is a great way to get to know the aspects of songwriting and even generate some new ideas.
Songwriting has given me a chance to get to know the most intriguing questions about who we are and where we are going. I wrote about how dolphins can go back in time; how long hidden memories can flow to the surface during a deep body massage; how difficult it is to remain true to oneself and one’s dreams; what the first people could hear when they started their long march into the future.
Find your songwriting ideas in incidents that are true to your life interests.
Most of us want our music to be heard by as many listeners as possible. This does not mean, however, that you cannot choose unique life themes for your songs.
In other words, not all songs have to be about love and loss.
If you write a well-performed song….. You can successfully take the listener into an area of life that is new to him or her. Let your imagination rise as you write in your songwriting book. You never know when a deeply felt experience will drive a great song of the future.