ChisnallwoodMusic – SONGWRITING

 

SONGWRITING

Here you’ll find notes from songwriting club.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE SONG WRITING CLUB TERM 1

You’ll be able to enter lyrics in Rockquest and Bandquest competitions.

And also in NZ Ukulele Uke-Can-do-It , Singout4justice and HookLineandSingalong.

HLS

 

We’ll be able to play some completed songs on the school radio!

 

 

Tips for lyric writing

  • save everything – eg. notebook, also record your melodies
  • analyse why you like lyrics and other songs
  • keep real

Structure ideas

  • Title
  • intro
  • verse
  • pre-chorus
  • chorus
  • hook
  • bridge
  • instrumental
  • accapella
  • riff
  • coda/outro

Other elements to think of

  • texture (lots of instruments, or just one or two)
  • contrast
  • mood

Rhyming

  • sometimes reverse line order

Listing (same starter or ending for each line)
eg.
I live…
I live….
I live….
I live….

Some notes from Charlotte Yates’ videos

POPULAR STRUCTURE

  • Title What the song is about, Short, Attracts attention, Links to chorus, simple language
  • Verse1 has details, sets scene (who, when, where, why..), lower than chorus (contrasts), “killer first line”
  • Chorus essence of song, catchy, memorable
  • Verse 2 shifts story on
  • Chorus
  • Chorus

Some useful song writing web sites:

Click here for some great video songwriting resources as well as info about the Hook Line Sing-long competition.

http://www.patpattison.com/lyrictips/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/soldonsong/guide/song.shtml

https://ask.audio/articles/8-tips-for-writing-pop-songs 8 Tips for writing pop songs

SONG WRITING CLUB 2014-2015

Session 1

  • Song structure
  • Defining elements of songs
  • Watch short videos
  • Title activity

Session 2

  • Re-cap session 1
  • sharing
  • Listing technique
  • Write own listing verse

Session 3

  • Rhyming patterns
  • Look at rhyming patterns in known songs
  • Reverse rhyming trick

Session 4

  • Inspiration ideas and topics
  • Colour/emotion/texture/season verse activity
  • Bring favourite song sentence with reason
  • Share Songwriter HD app

Session 5

  • Share favourite sentence
  • Share any of own writing
  • Try putting some to music
  • Writing a song which describes but doesn’t say the topic

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GraphicOrganizerLotusDiagram Download this to write on to help brainstorm related ideas or related rhyming words.