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December 3rd, 2013 by John Pape
March 30th, 2013 by John Pape
For those of you who like to write songs where the lyrics rhyme, here’s a term you should be familiar with. ‘Rhyme scheme‘ refers to where the rhyming words occur in a verse or a chorus. When writing songs it is a good idea to make song lyric rhyme.
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Song Lyrics Rhyme Scheme Patterns
Rhyme schemes are simply the pattern of rhymes within a stanza. The rhyme pattern in each verse should match other following verses in the song. But this pattern does not have to be the same in the chorus or bridge. It is usually best to be different than the verses. Songs do not have to rhyme, but the vast majority of successful songs do rhyme. (more…)
December 13th, 2012 by John Pape
Song lyrics must communicate. Making some of the song lyric mistakes presented here will hinder the ability for a song to communicate. These mistakes will confuse the listener. When the listener is confused they will lose interest in a song. A loss of interest is fatal to a song’s ability to be successful. Here are five common song lyric mistakes to avoid when writing song lyrics.
1. Avoid Grammar Mistakes
Songwriting is the art of using words to communicate a story. Having song lyrics with proper grammar is important for communicating the story. It is not exempt from the basic rules of grammar. Grammar rules are important. Using grammar correctly will help present the song’s story the best way possible. Some mistakes that can happen include these items. The use of pronouns needs to be consistent in the lyric. Don’t move from “I” to “we” if the story is first person.
Another problem is verb tense. If your verse is in the present time don’t use past tense verbs. The next grammar mistake is using sentence fragments. Keep in mind that a sentence has a subject and verb. A prepositional phase is not a sentence, it’s a fragment. These are some of the common grammar mistake that a songwriter needs to avoid when writing lyrics. (more…)
One 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…)