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Got A Catchy Tune Stuck In Your Head?

Become a song writer.

Got a kid in your family that’s got a knack for music? You should encourage them to not only learn an instrument, but to write original songs. Good songs will always be appreciated, and there could be endless opportunities available for a talented songwriter. You don’t have to be Kanye West or Paul McCartney to know how to write a banging song. Just like most things, the more you do it, the better you get.

The first thing to consider is the classic, AABA format. A bunch of music styles and genres use this format, including musical theatre, pop, gospel and jazz. To break it down, a song with this format looks like this:

A – 8-bars, Verse
A – 8 bars, Verse
B – 8 bars, Bridge
A – 8 bars, Verse

The first two sections have the same melody, and possibly different lyrics. The melody changes with the bridge. The bridge, also called “the hook” will have also different lyrics. Because the bridge is clearly different, take advantage of this contrast to give your song a unique feel. Be creative. Make the melody and words for bridge (hook) memorable. Many Grammy-award winning music producers swear by the hook. If you can come up with a great hook, they say, it’s usually a hit.

Remember the AABA style is only one type of song-writing. Modern forms include AABABA and AABAA, however, start with the basics and this should give you a great starting point to your writing adventure.

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