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Rhyme Patterns and Types Used in Songwriting

December 13th, 2012 by

Fifteen Rhyme PatternsOne fundamental part of a song is its rhyme patterns. This poetic device helps provide appeal to the song’s lyric. Lyrics are written according to certain patterns. These patterns are fairly predictable. That is because rhymes work in a manner that the listener expects to hear.

Do all lines in a song lyric need to rhyme? Not necessarily. With songwriting there is a unique balance between predictability and surprise. If there is too much predictability, then the song can sound trite, boring or uninspiring. On the other end of the spectrum, a song with too many surprises will lend itself to confusion and chaos.

When writing songs, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. You can begin with structures that are proven and work within that framework. As a jumping point for writing a song you can start with some common rhyme schemes. Most song verses will have 4 to 6 lines. (more…)

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    The hook is the song’s thesis statement. Every essay has a thesis that encapsulates its central idea; similarly, an effective song must have a hook that expresses in just a few words and notes what the song is about. The hook must be repeated several times throughout the song. If it isn’t repeated, it isn’t a hook. It is that one line, both musically and lyrically, that listeners will remember long after the song is over. It’s that line that they will whistle or sing in the shower and what they will ask for when they call the radio station to request the song.