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Tips for Writing a Contemporary Jazz Song

February 12th, 2018 by

writing a contemporary jazz songThere are many books on the subject of songwriting and it seems that each one has a different way of approaching it. What you might not hear often enough is anyone suggesting to “just do your own thing”. There are many “methods” and “systems”, but in actuality, they are really just that composer’s way of doing their own thing. Sure, the song has to make sense and people have to be able to access it.  In that regard there are similarities among many contemporary songs, whereas they all have verses, choruses and basic song structure. This is where the craft of writing a song comes in, because writing a contemporary jazz song or any song is a craft and an art. (more…)

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    If the song you are writing calls for a long sustained high note to be sung in the chorus or at the setup, be aware of the vowel sound of the lyric that is sung on that note. Strive to make this lyric an ‘open’ vowel sound ‘ah or oo’ as opposed to a restrictive, tight formant such as ‘I or ee’. The open vowels are much easier to sing, and you’re writing songs so people can sing them.