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How to Structure Your Song

Nov 24, 2007
As a beginner writer, you are probably wondering how to write a hit song. Luckily, you don't have to be an extremely experienced music composer to be a good song writer. Most people want to know do I start with an instrument or with the chords or lyrics? Do I have to ponder the idea for days or just pop out a melody? To tell you the truth there is no set in stone way to write a song. It really all depends on the song writer, their strengths and uniqueness when it comes to writing music. Over the next few minutes, I am just going to try and convey to you some tips on how to write a song, some starting points and other various ideas.

For your basic song, it doesn't really matter what particular genre you are in, most songs have the same basic structure. An example of your basic song is as follows:

Intro, Verse One, Chorus, Verse Two, Chorus and Repeat Chorus.

Listen to some of your favorite music and see if this is the basic structure you hear every time. Remeber, the best way to learn, especially in music is by listening to the work of others.

First off, you have your intro. An intro is just as it sounds, the introduction. Your song can be introduced by any instrument or vocalization. In fact, some songs don't even have true intros so you can skip this part or make it a short rhythm or chord sequence. You basically are just looking for a start to your song, an opening...going from nothing to something.
Next you have your verse. When learning how to write a song, you have to realize that this is the core of what your song is about. These are the lyrics, accompanied by music that help the listener relate to what you are feeling or thinking.

If you are a beginner song writer then remember not to try too hard to make a song perfect. You can write and rewrite but you might just drive yourself crazy because personal standards are sometimes impossible to reach. As a beginner focus on exploring music and ideas. You are learning and learning how to write a song require practice just like anything else you do. If you are having a tough time then as a tip, you might want to take some sort of music theory class to help you gain a better understanding of music.
About the Author
Owner of Platinum Millennium publishing, former record label owner & national music industry seminar speaker/panelist. Author/creator of best-selling music biz books, courses, audio products & "How to" resources that helped 1000s. Go to http://www.EZHitSongs.com for more info on how to write a hit song, music composer & song writer.
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