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Songwriting Tip 3.

The next thing that I do with my Songwriting is to make a dynamic map of the song. I have found that deciding the way the song flows in terms of dynamics makes the choice of parts much easier.

Dynamics is simply the term used for how loud or soft a song is and whether or not there is a range of loud and soft in a song. I personally like to write dynamic songs as I know they are more enjoyable to listen to and that just a change in the dynamic can be enough to keep the listener engaged.

With all this in mind I generally have my Choruses more dynamic than the Verses and the Bridge, or Middle 8, can have either a very high dynamic or a very low dynamic depending where I want it to lead to.

Below is an example of what you could do with the standard Song Structure I talked about in the Songwriting Tip 2 post.

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

The description gives you an explanation and the numbers can be put into a graph to show the movement of the song.

Once you have this worked out you can then choose how you are going to achieve it.

The change in a guitar sound can increase the dynamic. A busier instrument, especially drums and/or bass or the inclusion of a new instrument can all add to the dynamic of the song. Equally taking an instrument away, making it less busy or changing the sound of it can all drop the dynamic of the section.

Having all these big picture ideas in place makes songwriting and arranging much better especially if you refer back to them when mixing and mastering the finished song.

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