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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    If your intention is for people to remember the name of your song, then be sure to title it with a word or phrase from the song that you use more than once. That’s why most people will use something from the chorus, if there is one, because the chorus is repeated. If you’re really stuck on a title, but it isn’t repeated, is there a way at the end of the song you can use it in a repetitive fashion? One way you can do this is record it with the background vocals repeating it between the lines of the chorus. Now, when you sing it in public, get the audience to sing those background vocals.

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