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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 verses, choruses and bridges rather than just goes through the “how” of implementing these song elements.

This is backed up by the video synopsis on the 12tone YouTube page

What’s a verse? Ok, it’s a silly question, but… well, is it, though? As theorists, it’s important to understand not just the form of something, but also its function, and that goes for song structure too. Why do we use verses? What’s the point of a chorus? When should we use a bridge? What roles do they serve, and how do they help us make better art?

Do you agree with the definitions highlighted in this video? Let me know what you think.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

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 lyrics to stand out more to the listener. It enables the listener to make more sense of what the song is trying to say.

In the article What is Song Structure? And Why You Should Care! by Ronnie Lee Hurst on his Song Pioneer blog, he outlines his definition of what an intro, verse, chorus, pre-chorus, bridge and outro does to a song.

He starts of by saying that in the beginning of his songwriting journey he was more focussed on rhyming however, he then goes on…

As I progressed in my songwriting skills I learned that a song is composed of various parts. Each of these pieces plays a specific role in building a great song. I discovered the importance of becoming familiar with each one of these song parts and how to implement them.

It was then he realised the importance of song structure and how it can turn a good song into a great song.

His description of all the song elements are pretty concise and he makes sure a video example is included to really bring on home what he’s saying.

It’s made me think more carefully about how I would define what an intro, verse, chorus, pre-chorus, bridge and outro would be and how that might change my songwriting process.

It’s an interesting question to ponder on. What are your thoughts on song structure?

Do you pay close attention to song elements such as verses and choruses or, do you allow your songs to be more free-form? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting


Original Source: What is Song Structure? And Why You Should Care!