SONGWRITING: Articulation of Song Structure



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Q: I’m 17 years old, and no matter what I write, it’s too simple and lacks depth. I wanted to know if there is a way to give sections a significance throughout the song, making the song unique in it’s own way. I’d really appreciate if you’d be able to help me, my frustration is at a certain point where I’m starting to lose confidence in my composing skills.
Michael – Berlin, Germany

A: As musicians we tend to think of our style of art as a language and just like any language, without structure, without clear intonation and meter, the communication of our musical ideas can sometimes suffer. Because music is both self-expression and communication, our listener should be able understand the musical flow of each section of our songs. So, what is a song section? Examples of this are; a verse, a chorus, the bridge, perhaps an intro. and usually some type of ending. Some songs have lyrics, others are instrumental. But, one thing is for sure, each part must be understood and accepted by both the musician and the audience. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but songs that tell a story and have a catchy hook, will tend to connect extremely well with an audience. To create good structure we need a song writing road map. Unfortunately, as composers each of us needs to build our own song writing road map, but I can get you started with a few significant tips on this topic, watch the video to learn more!

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21 thoughts on “SONGWRITING: Articulation of Song Structure

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    This subject is very controversial for me. I feel like have writers block or something. I know the songs direction but I dont have the tools or the capacity to meet the expectations of the direction im taking. would learning songs similar to the direction im taking help? and if so what am I looking for when I am doing this?

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    I don't know you're stance on Death Metal, but a band called Opeth has some of the most uniquly written songs I've ever heard. Check out "The Face of Melinda" which is a soft track. They flow from riff to riff, rarely returning and creating this epic journey of music. Some other great artists that I've found are anything from Toby Driver (Maudlin of the Well/Kayo Dot/Tartar Lamb) or Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Solo Projects). Thanks for the video lessons 🙂

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    Awesome video, I wish I lived near you so I could take lessons.

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    Hey andro,

    Would you put all videos lessons about composing on one list .

    Thax a lot,

    Max.

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    i own a guitar and a keyboard 😛 but i just really know the guitar "fairly enuff"

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    hey, awesome vids! could you or … anyone help me with something?… i dont really have time to go to a school, and i cant find the 'path' to follow or start music theory, could anyone help me with that? .. like… first you have to learn this, and then that, and then that ?? cuz i just fly from chords, to scales, to other stuff and that way is really hard to comprehend, so.. could someone help me structure my learning? heh :D? thanks!

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    ALISON ALISON HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!. man it blew my mind to read andrew say that.. i can't wait to watch this video

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    Huge props on the Annihilator recommendation man!

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    One song off the top of my head that comes to mind is, "Alison Hell," by the band, "Annihilator." That song has so much going on in the first few minuets it's crazy, (tempo changes, clean guitars, distortion guitars, harmonies, other instrumentation, acoustic guitar, layered tracks, etc.). It's a pretty solid example of this sort of thing all wrapped up in one songs intro! Search for, Annihilator Alison Hell (Remastered Version), to have a listen to know what I mean… Hope this helps! – Andrew

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    Hey Andrew, I know you must learn a billion songs with your students, but what have you transcribed lately that you'd say was a stellar example of this Articulation of Sections topic here?

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    Really nicely explained.
    Many thanks to you Andrew!
    Your videos are among the best.

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    It looks like an older model of a strap-lock. I have them too, but a newer one. They rock.

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    What kind of thing is that to keep your strap on your guitar?

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    the beginning sounds like 90210

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    Awesome , thanks!

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