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Pro songwriters understand the formula behind hit songwriting and know how to incorporate that formula into new and expressive compositions.
Song structure, timing, rhyming schemes, lyrical and melodic hooks, rhythmic patterns, and even the song’s title are just a few of the important elements in the hit songwriting formula.
If you’re already writing songs, or always wanted to learn how, Get Your Song Write steps you through 18 essential elements that comprise the pro songwriting formula and process.
With over 25 years experience in the music business, multi-platinum, award-winning songwriter/producer, Anthony Little, and RCA/BNA recording artist, Jennifer Day Morrison, provide artists and singer-songwriters with the knowledge, skill set, and creative inspiration to maximize their potential as a songwriter. We’re excited to welcome Anthony and Jennifer to the family with their first TrueFire Foundry course, Get Your Song Write.
”There’s a lot to think about when writing a song. After years of songwriting experience, Anthony and I are excited to share what we’ve learned with you to help you hone your own craft. The methodology in Get Your Song Write focuses on one songwriting technique at a time. This allows you to fully absorb and fine tune each technique so it becomes a part of your creative flow.”
Anthony and Jennifer present and demonstrate all 18 of the following songwriting techniques that pro songwriters call on when writing hit songs.
Introduction to Song Structure - ”Understanding song structure is a vital component to becoming a professional songwriter. This video lesson will explain the elements of song structure and it's evolution. The intro, verse, pre-chorus/channel, chorus, chorus outro, and bridge/middle eight are all foundational elements used in contemporary hit songwriting.
Timing is Everything - ”In this video lesson, you'll learn the importance of beats, bars, and patterns used in a composition. Professional songwriters use patterns much like authors use chapters in a story. The difference is a composer is confined to melody/rhythm and conventional patterns that are made up of bars. Professional songwriters often conform to these patterns for the sake of familiarity and consistency.
Introduction, Repetition and Evolution of a Chorus - ”In this video lesson, you'll discover the importance of having an impactful chorus. The chorus, sometimes referred to as the "hook", is where everything in your song should point to.
With contemporary songwriters, the chorus is king. So, go take your throne, and get your chorus write!
Introduction and Repetition of Main Hook - ”The old marketing adage, the Rule of Seven, can also be applied to contemporary hit songwriting. In this video lesson and demonstration, we'll unveil the importance of repetition as it pertains to a song's main hook or song title.”
Writing to a Thesis - ”If you think wandering eyes are bad, there's nothing worse than a wandering lyric! Pro songwriters always know where they're going, and a well-written thesis is one tool they use to keep them on course. In this video lesson and demonstration, you'll discover just how important it is to craft a solid thesis.”
Song Titles - ”It's been said a picture paints a thousand words, but for a professional songwriter, a title paints 100 to 300 words. In this video lesson and demonstration, we'll examine the value of having a well thought out song title. If you're "Livin' on a Prayer", "Don't Stop Believing". Come take a "Walk on the Wild Side" and get your title write.”
Words Paint Pictures - ”Our lives are for the most part a collection of experiences, and words are how we communicate those experiences with others. Great songwriting often makes use of powerful imagery and storytelling. So, what's your story? In this video lesson and demonstration, we'll explain the importance of getting your story write!”
Sensory Writing - ”The legendary singer-songwriter John Denver knew the importance of sensory writing. In July of 1974, he penned his second #1 single with a song titled "Annie's Song (You Fill Up My Senses)". For years, professional songwriters abroad have incorporated the use of sensory writing to capture the senses of listeners. In this video lesson and demonstration, we'll make sense of the senses so you can get your sensory writing ‘write!’”
Lyrical Hooks - ”Lyrical hooks, advertising hooks, fish hooks, Captain Hook...they all have one thing in common - they're out to catch something! For the professional songwriter, lyrical hooks are one method used to snag listeners. In this video lesson and demonstration, we'll explain what a lyrical hook is and how to implement it within your composition. Get your lyrical hook write!”
Melodic Hooks - ”Establishing a memorable melodic hook for composition is comparable to having a great theme song for a TV show, both are designed to create identity and familiarity. Melodic hooks can come in many forms and varieties. For example, who can deny the infectious bass hook used in Michael Jackson's iconic song "Billie Jean" or the ear-catching guitar riff used in the intro of Nirvana's mega hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit”? In this video lesson and demonstration, we'll explore the use of melodic hooks and the power they evoke upon the listener. Get your melodic hook write!”
Alliteration - ”The sound of music, like a summer breeze, fills the room when the songwriter sings. The use of alliteration as a literary device can be traced back to as early as 1624 and is still implemented in pop culture today. For the professional songwriter, alliteration is just one of the many tools used to craft a well-constructed song. In this video lesson and demonstration, we'll cover the definition of alliteration and how to execute it within a composition. If your song needs a little spark, alliteration is a great place to start.”
Rhyme Schemes - ”No rhyme before its time! Rhyme schemes come in a plethora of variations, and professional songwriters are always searching for the perfectly unpredictable rhyme. In this video lesson and demonstration, we'll uncover many of the rhyme scheme patterns used in popular songs today. Understanding these patterns will give you the confidence you need to rhyme like the pros.”
Inner Rhymes - ”Inner rhymes can be defined as a rhyme within a line. The use of inner rhymes is an effective tool professional songwriters use to give a particular line emphasis and create memorability. Inner rhymes are used throughout multiple genres of music, but play a highly important role in hip-hop and rap due to the rhythmic nature inner rhymes offer the lyricist. In this video lesson and demonstration, we'll provide examples of inner rhymes and explain the importance of using effective inner rhyming within your composition.”
Identifying Rhythmic Patterns - ”Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine said it best with their 1987 mega-hit "Rhythm is Gonna Get You": Rhythm has been and continues to be a foundational element in music throughout the world. With the infiltration of hip-hop and rap in popular music today, the "Rhythm is Gonna Get You" couldn't be any more true. The use of rhythm and rhythmic patterns are powerful tools for the professional songwriter. In this video lesson and demonstration, we'll discuss how to identify and implement rhythmic patterns within a composition.”
Phonetics and Alliteration to Support Rhythm - ”Sometimes it's not what you say, but how you say it that delivers the most impact. Using phonetics and alliteration to enhance the rhythm of a melody line is a skillful technique professional songwriters use every day. In essence, using phonetics and alliteration to support rhythm can be likened to watching two dancers perform flawlessly. In the instance of composition, the melody and lyric are the two dancers and they must flow, sway, pop, and lock effortlessly. In this video lesson and demonstration, we will discuss the mechanics of phonetics and alliteration and their importance to rhythm.”
Dynamic Melody - ”How many times have we all listened to a monotone speaker and found ourselves daydreaming? Likewise, an uneventful speaker is no different than listening to a song with a lackluster melody. Whether spoken or sung, great performances are dynamic! For the professional songwriter, having a dynamic melody isn't an option, it's crucial to writing a hit song. In this video lesson and demonstration, we'll discuss the importance of building a dynamic melody and how dynamics can be implemented throughout a song's structure.”
Lyrical Transitions - ”First impressions matter, but for the professional songwriter, it's commonly the last lyrical line of a section that matters most. Great lyrical transitions are typically what separate the pros from the amateurs. In this video lesson and demonstration, we'll discuss lyrical transitions, why they are important and provide examples of skillful lyrical transition execution.”
Melodic & Rhythmic Transitions - ”Bridges are one of man's most magnificent architectural wonders of the world. Bridges allow us the ability to cross from point A to point B without falling into the abyss. Likewise, melodic rhythmic transitions provide professional songwriters with multiple bridges to cross from section to section within a song. In this video lesson and demonstration, we will lift the veil of uncertainty about melodic rhythmic transitions and help you cross skillfully to the other side.”
Grab a pencil, or boot up your iPad, and let’s write a hit song with Anthony Little and Jennifer Day Morrison.