Basic Songwriting Concepts
A song is an entire musical composition meant to be played by the human voice alone. This can be done in both fixed and varied octaves with varying patterns of silence and sound. Songs are made up of many different types, including those that only have the repeated repetition of certain parts or the changing and variation of other parts. Music that has no beginning, no end, no chorus and no variations is called void music. Music that has a beginning, a middle and an end is called a cadence and is used mainly in classical music.
A song consists of a melody or a progression of tones or melody lines that link together with a specified beat. The word “theme” in regards to a song refers to the overall structure of the song and its primary melody. Themes can also be changed and variations are introduced by changing the melody notes and beats in the song. It should be noted that the use of words such as “lo”, “la”, “dah” and “oh” in a song usually indicates a bass note, which is not present in the melody and is therefore only heard as a break or a change in the rhythm.
Every part of a song is divided into stanza (which is four minutes long) and choruses. The stanza consists of two or more verses that are written to a specific theme, which can vary depending on the song. Choruses are sections of the song that are written to highlight a particular beat. In songs that consist of several verses and several chorus, the verses and the chorus are usually written to form a single unit of lyrics and melody, with the refrain being the central point of the song. The lyrics and the melody stand in place of one another in a stanza.
Songwriting is the process of coming up with lyrics to a song, and then writing the music to go along with it. While instrumental music is not necessary for a song to be a good song, most good songs contain some sort of instrumental component, whether it is the organ, guitar, or piano that makes the song what it is. Many times, the vocal tracks of the instrumental are played on the guitar before the instrumental is used. Lyrics are often written on paper or in notebooks. Sometimes, they are sung into a microphone, while other times they are written onto paper.
Harmony is the combining of similar sounding notes to produce a specific pitch, tone or intensity in a song. Most songs will use some degree of harmony within their melody and harmony within their harmony. When songs are written to be played in a certain order, some of the song structure will be based on basic musical forms. This is the foundation of harmony. A song may use one or more basic forms, and use melodic invention to change from one basic form to another.
Writing a song takes a lot of time. It can be difficult to sit down and put a song together. However, when writing a song, it is important to have an understanding of your song idea and your song format. Having a song format can help you see the song through and make sure it flows well into your overall song structure. The more songs you are able to finish in a given period of time, the better you will be at writing a song.