SONGWRITING: Creating Unique Song Sections

www.creativeguitarstudio.com Search Andrew Wasson.com for FREE lesson Handouts. This Video: April 20, 2012 | Search Videos by Title/Date. GO TO: www.andrewwasson.com Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers a viewers question… Q: The music I like seems to only use a group of 4 to 6 chords for an entire song. But, the overall harmony of the music I try composing isn’t my main problem. What I’m getting stuck on is how songwriters change up the feel. I thought it might be the speed of the song, or maybe how loud parts get played, but I think there’s something more to it than that. Can you talk through what makes song sections sound unique? Trevor — Louisville, KY A: Harmony is often fairly straightforward when it comes to; Pop music, R&B, Country & Western, Rock, (as well as, many other styles), in that much of these common genres of music generally only use a handful of chords within a piece. To uniquely separate the song sections, what we’ll often find, is there’ll be changes in the way the overall dynamics of the sections are performed and recorded. This can turn a verse section into an interlude, or perhaps change a chorus into an outro. We’ll begin by doing a quick analysis of a song I’ve composed for this lesson. Then, we’ll run through it on the guitar to find out how parts can be performed differently to either build up or subtract from the overall dynamic feel of exactly how a song’s sections will have their final effect upon the listener. TWITTER FEED

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Published: 2012-04-20 12:20:44
SONGWRITING: Creating Unique Song Sections

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