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Songwriting Tip 2

Once you have the lyrics to a song the next songwriting tip to think about is the structure of the song. Ultimately, this can be whatever you want but there are some recognized formats that listeners are used to and respond well to. The first one is –

Intro, Verse 1, Chorus, Verse 2, Chorus, Bridge (also called Middle 8), Chorus, Outro.

The beauty of this is that the listener gets to the Chorus quickly and this is the part that will have the most impact, if it is good. It is repeated 3 times in the song and so even after the first time the listener should recognize it. It is the part that they will start singing just because they can’t stop. Have you ever had a song in your mind and not be able to stop hearing it. That should be the Chorus of your song.

One way to test this is to play your songs to a friend and see if they can sing some of the Chorus after their first listen. Not everybody can do this so it would be better to find someone who can sing songs to you. However, if someone who struggles to sing songs off the top of their head can sing yours you know you are onto a winner.

Other structures include a Pre-Chorus between the Verse and Chorus with creates a build into the Chorus. This would give you –

Intro, Verse 1, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Verse 2, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Bridge (also called Middle 8), Chorus, Outro.

Often there would be a build built into the Bridge section but you could also have a Pre-Chorus between the Bridge and the Chorus. Another variation that is common is to have the song end with a double Chorus

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