Songwriting Tip: Vary Your Phrase Length

22Jan10

Many beginning songwriters,….and those of us that get lazy sometimes, will have the sections of their songs sounding too much the same. Contrast is essential in making a song interesting. One way to create extra contrast is to vary your phrase lengths from one section to the other. For example, if your words and melody are long and drawn out in the verse, try making the chorus have shorter phrases and rhythm. Make sure that the verse and the chorus sound different. If your sections are too similar, your listener will get bored. You don’t want them to be bored….you want them to want to listen to your song again…..and tell their friends.
–Chad Sharp (just a guy who writes songs and produces music)
C-Sharp Productions

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