Song structure can help you write a stronger song

09Apr11

All of us songwriters want to write the best songs we can. We want our songs to get noticed and we want people to like them. If you are like me you sometimes hit a wall when it comes to writing. We want to say something, but what should we say? We strive for originality and we sometimes lose track of the very basics of song structure. We try to make something new, but we can cloud it up. One great way to get back to basics is to use tried and true song structures and rhyme schemes. Sure, I know your saying, “I don’t want to use the same structure, I want to be myself.” Many hit songs have used the same structure and the songs are all very original. Think of it as the bricks in the foundation. Many buildings are built with the same bricks, but they look very different and create different experiences. Think of the song structure as the skeleton, or somewhere to start.

So here is a very simple, yet powerful song structure for you to work with. Each line would represent about 2 bars of music. The letters represent the rhyme scheme and where the rhymes would be. The T’s stand for the title line and the – represent the other lines in the chorus. By no means is this the only song structure out there, but it works. Start with it and see where it takes you…..

Song Structure

Verse 1:
A
B
A
B

Chorus:
T

T

V2:
A
B
A
B

Chorus

Bridge:
A
A
B
B

Chorus repeats

As you see the rhyme structure creates contrast between the song sections. Take a chance and try this for your next song. It may help you stay focused and help you start your next track.

– Chad

Listen to my songs at my demo studio site Songwriting Demo Serice

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