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Song Dynamics Are Central To The Art Of Songwriting And Music

Jun 2, 2008
Song dynamics are central to the art of songwriting and music. Learn this songwriting craft so your song development goes to the next level.

What's the big deal you might ask? The answer usually is, without dynamics the song gets boring fast.

Great songs and music need to be a journey for the listener. Too much of anything doesn't work. It's like eating too much turkey dinner.

Its gets uncomfortable and the thought of more is the last thing on your mind. It's the same with music.

It's like pitching baseball. The pitcher who only throws one kind of pitch doesn't last long. If you don't give your listeners music with variations or dynamics, the listener gets bored.

They get bored and they go looking for some other pitcher, in your case another song.

Variety is what gives listeners satisfaction; it's the spice in music. It applies to all aspects of your song. For example,

1. What is the volume of the music or vocals during the chorus or verse of the song? How different are they?

2. How much do the notes in the melody rise and fall in different sections of the song?

3. How is the melody structured in each section of the song? Too much unique melody is hard for listeners to remember.

4. What kind of sectional differences are there between verses and choruses?

5. Where does the lyric phrase come in on the beat in the bar? Is it before or after the downbeat?

6. How are the various instruments attacked? Are there differences in verses, choruses and bridges?

7. How long are the notes held in each section? Are there variances between sections?

8. Are the vocals phrased differently between the sections?

The idea is to have your song sound like music and not noise. Listeners need softness to feel the swell to high volume in lines and verses.

They also need the swell or decay in individual words. Think of music as a journey of contrasts for the listener.

Dynamics can set the mood in your song or change the mood for your listener. It also gives the singer in your song something to work with.

A song needs to hold back or be soft in some places and let go in others. It's the lows that make the highs stand out more.

Listen to Celine Dion's songs. She can really belt out the vocals. But you'll find she also sings softly at times.

This contrast makes her power much more noticeable. Sometimes playing something softly draws more attention than if it were played at full volume.

All aspects of your song need to complement each other, so think about this as you're writing. Creating song dynamics will help your listener connect with your song because it will be a more enjoyable experience.

They will want more and that's good for you and them.
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John Cowell - His fresh approach to songwriting will have you saying -Ah-Ha- over and over again. To get simple and terrific ideas on how to write great songs visit Great SongWriting.com. Build your dream web site and web business like John did at Site Build It.
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