As you can imagine, songwriting and structuring a song is not an instantaneous process. Of course, writing a song requires knowledge of rhythm, a chorus, verses, vocals, but also and above all: storytelling.

If you want to start to try and write your own original track, it can be hard to keep track of all the ideas and words you want to use.

The first step in composing songs, especially when it comes to contemporary music, is above all knowing how to take the pulse of an era, in connection with a past, a subject, a pen. A good songwriter can capture the sounds of a generation.

But then how do you define what a song is? How do you create a melody that is in tune with your lyrics?

A song is based on certain ideas which, together with some tricks of the trade, can come together and start to build the best song. From the intro to the rhymes, through the verse, here's a little overview of the pillars to compose songs!

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Take Good Notes to Build a Good Song

All composers and authors will tell you: making music is above all knowing how to build a story. There are therefore questions that are essential to ask yourself, in order not to go too far or, on the contrary, not far enough in the creation of your music.

For example, an essential question is: should I write the lyrics before or after I start to build a melody? Doing so can allow you to set a framework for the composition.

Moreover, if you want to make good music, it is important to have some basic elements. Among these elements are:

  • The theme of the song,
  • The questions that the latter may raise,
  • The potential title of the song,
  • The intended duration of the track,
  • The number of parts (verse, chorus, bridges, etc.) of the song,
  • And so on.

Of course, the construction of a song is above all knowing how to link all these elements. These ideas must be assimilated and organized beforehand, and this requires taking notes, even if they are only in your head.

And when these notes are laid down with or without a pen, it's time to start the concrete construction of the song!

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A Vital Step for a Songwriter: Brainstorming

Writing songs means knowing that each part has its own soul, whether it rhymes or not, whether it fits into a symphony or without an instrumental. The notes are what will help us build a real skeleton, a real backbone to the song to compose its music at best.

In order to try to build this 'skeleton' of the song, a songwriter has to try and brainstorm. This step is one of the most vital in the process.

You have to define how many verses there will be if there will be a chorus (because some songs don't have one), if there are bridges, or how long the introduction will last.

The introduction is what logically introduces the first phrase of the song. It's usually an instrumental part, which is led by a pianist, orchestras, just a soloist, etc. It can be or use anything - violin, piano, but this intro sets the mood of the song, and its duration, too.

The bridge is a part whose chords are not the same as the main chords. There is also the pre-chorus, which allows you to make a transition between the verse and the chorus, and which is optional.

This is all part of the overall construction of a song, and will perhaps define the way in which the lyrics and stanzas are deployed. It is at this point that it will be interesting to define if the parts of the song are composed with rhymes or not, and how many "verses" it will use.

Here are some of the ways you can organize a song's verses:

  • A tercet is a part that has three lines,
  • A quatrain consists of four lines.

There are many organizational aspects, not just concerning the verses or words but the actual song layout.

There are many structures you can use. Among just the three most common, we find AABA, AABABA or ABAB. To better understand these patterns, you have to imagine that A represents the verse and B the chorus.

But let's go back for a moment to the question of rhymes, which is a major issue when you want to compose a song and write the lyrics. Composing songs is often a matter of dealing with this issue head on.

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To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme, That is the Question for Songwriters

Making a song that sticks is a complicated enough exercise, especially when it comes to the question of whether you need your words to rhyme or not. But these questions, however stressful they may be, must be asked beforehand.

In the same way that compositions must be mixed with arrangements, writing a text must follow a set structure, which will then correspond to a performer. And the rhymes can be a part of it, since they are sometimes the very essence of some songs.

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Songwriters that are primarily focused on writing rap will definitely need to know about different rhyme schemes and patterns like perfect rhymes or near rhymes.

Who doesn't know by heart the lyric or lyrics that some rhymes have made famous? They don't always have to be the sharpest possible, but they do have a certain importance in the construction of the song, since they may involve the choice of a specific words.

There are several types of rhymes, and you definitely don't need to be a lyric genius to start using some of them - all it takes is determination and creativity!

Any singer will say that anyone who composes music will have to adapt to sound writing. Writing music, an art to be mastered! And to master it, what better way than to understand how to build a chorus?

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The Chorus, the Basis of Songwriting

The chorus is probably the most memorable part of a song. It's what we hum at the top of our lungs, from electro to contemporary music. The chorus of the song is therefore what allows music to be recognizable, even to be popular. It is essential to the overall effectiveness of the song.

Sometimes sad, sometimes joyful, sometimes nervous, it is the most important part of a song, notably because it is often repeated several times. It contains both the main message of the music and the rhythm of the melodies.

Anyone who writes the music of their dreams imagines a catchy chorus that no one will be able to get out of their mind. It can be a clever mix of relevant lyrics, harmonized sound rhythms, and a musical ensemble that is coherent with the verses. Songwriting is all about balancing everything that makes up the song.

And the verses are no exception to the rule!

Songwriters and Verses

Verses are present in number in a song, but they all have this special feature that they are never the same. In the construction of a song, they are essential and answer to the chorus accompanied by the percussions, by the symphony, by a guitar riff, or by the lyrics.

Each of them answers a special question, a problem that evolves over the course of the melody. This can be linked to the presence of the guitar, the violin, or the depth of the mix.

Because if a song is first and foremost about communicating musical perspectives and lyrics, the verse embodies this in the most beautiful way. The great strength of this part, in a song, is above all the freedom it allows.

Indeed, a first verse can talk about a subject, and a second can evoke a completely different aspect of the question. They all necessarily come together around the theme, the title, the question the song and the composer are asking, but each is like a closed world where anything can happen.

Moreover, if music is a space of freedom, it is quite conceivable that a verse is longer than another, or that rhymes are not the same in their structure. Composing a song is a strange balance that is determined only by the musician. That's why writing new songs is often a big challenge for singers.

Verses can also be adapted to a certain vision of the music and lyrics. Some singers do not hesitate to place the verses in a higher position than the chorus, or even not to make a chorus at all.

It's not so unusual that rhymes are not present in the verse. And this is perhaps the main strength of the construction of a good song: it is based on a harmony of elements that, in the end, nobody can truly master.

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