March 2020

Songwriting 101 – #6: The Hook

This is a series of posts about song formatting and structure. Every couple of days I’ll be writing about the different individual elements that make up a song. Go to #1 – The Chorus Go to #2 – The Verse Go to #3 – The Melody Go to #4 – The Bridge Go to #5 […]

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Songwriting 101 – #5: Intro’s And Outro’s

This is a series of posts about song formatting and structure. Every couple of days I’ll be writing about the different individual elements that make up a song. Go to #1 – The Chorus Go to #2 – The Verse Go to #3 – The Melody Go to #4 – The Bridge Please bear in […]

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Songwriting 101 – #4: The Bridge

This is a series of posts about song formatting and structure. Every couple of days I’ll be writing about the different individual elements that make up a song. Go to #1 – The Chorus Go to #2 – The Verse Go to #3 – The Melody Please bear in mind that these are my definitions […]

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Songwriting 101 – #3: The Melody

This is a series of posts about song formatting and structure. Every couple of days I’ll be writing about the different individual elements that make up a song. Go to #1 – The Chorus Go to #2 – The Verse Please bear in mind that these are my definitions and interpretations of the different parts […]

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Songwriting 101 – #2: The Verse

This is a series of posts about song formatting and structure. Every couple of days I’ll be writing about the different individual elements that make up a song. Go to #1 – The Chorus Please bear in mind that these are my definitions and interpretations of the different parts of a song structure. There are […]

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Songwriting 101 – #1: The Chorus

This is a series of posts about song formatting and structure. Every couple of days, I’ll be writing about the different individual elements that make up a song. Please bear in mind that these are my definitions and interpretations of the different parts of a song structure. There are no hard and fast rules determining […]

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VIDEO: What Are Verses, Choruses And Bridges?

Here is a clever little video by 12tone titled The Anatomy Of A Song in which he outlines his definitions of verses, choruses and bridges while at the same time sketching what he is saying on manuscript paper in fast motion. What I particularly like this video is that it goes through the “why” of […]

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Song Structure And Why It Is So Important

I think one of the main differences between a beginner and a more experienced songwriter is the way that they’re able to structure the different elements of a song together to form it into one complete piece of music. “Why is song structure important?” I hear you ask… Well, a well structured song allows the […]

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VIDEO: Expand Your Songwriting Ideas With Mind Mapping

In my previous post Songwriting Tip – Mind Mapping Your Songwriting Ideas, I introduced the concept of mind maps as a way of brainstorming different lyrical combinations for your songwriting ideas. Below is a video in two parts that shows songwriter Zosia Boczanowski using a variation of a mind map to create her hit song “Monday” which went […]

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Songwriting Tip – Mind Mapping Your Songwriting Ideas

You know what… I love mind maps. I love them because I’m a visual person, and developing a songwriting idea by using a mind map really helps me write my song lyrics more clearly and effectively. Right now though you’re probably asking “what the hell is this mind map?” Well, according to Wikipedia a mind […]

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