Songwriting – Writing Lyrics to Music, Part 2

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Songwriting - Writing Lyrics to Music, Part 2

When I’m writing lyrics, I usually like to write them out right into their accented patterns, so I know they’ll fit well into my song. So allow’s claim these are my verses:

Lessons that I discovered
Promises I have actually made
Those lines would certainly appear like this if I just took a look at their accents in speech (I’ll utilize the stressed out syllables):.
PRO-mises I have actually MADE.
Or we can compose them in their accent patterns to isolate the anxieties:.
BOTTOM ba ba bachelor’s degree BUM.
BUM ba bachelor’s degree ba BOTTOM.

I can see by writing these out that they have a good rhythm, which is obviously essential considering that I’ll be putting them into a tune. They both have the same rhythm, which is very important too, assuming my melodic motif coincides for both expressions.
So since I have their natural rhythms isolated, exactly how do I use that to my tune?
Well, I have a couple of options.

The very first and also third beats of a measure are the toughest, so we can place our solid stresses there. With the numbers on the top representing the beats in a procedure, it would resemble this:.
1 ————- 2 ————- 3 ———— 4.
LES-sons– that-I ——— FOUND OUT–.
PRO-mises– I’ve ———- MADE ——.
That works pretty well. Touch your finger and state the expression the feeling how it fits. Respectable, best? The “that” and the “I have actually” are obtaining some anxiety however they’re not exaggerating it, which is all right for these particular words.

An usual mistake songwriters make would be to take an expression such as this one, which has a normally occurring BOTTOM bachelor’s degree ba ba BOTTOM pattern, and also attempt to force it into a BUM bachelor’s degree BOTTOM ba BUM pattern, which would certainly require accents on words “that” as well as “I’ve.” Those words do not necessitate stress. That might appear like this.
1 ————- 2 ————- 3 ———- 4 ———— 1.
LES-sons —– that ———- I ———————– FOUND OUT.
PRO-mises —————– I’VE —————— GAINED.

If you touch in addition to your finger while stating the phrase in this manner, you’ll see the “I” and “I have actually” have ended up being accentuating as an outcome of getting on the 3rd beat of the procedure. The only time emphasizing the “I” or “I have actually” would stand, would certainly be if you were aiming to claim “I’m the one learned those lessons. Not you, yet me!” That’s the affect accenting a pronoun has.

It accentuates that the pronoun describes, particularly. It’s great if it’s really just what you’re attempting to say. Yet if it’s not, you must probably hand down emphasizing it. In this verse, we’re not attempting to say “it’s me, not you,” we’re merely attempting to say “I’ve discovered lessons and also earned promises.” So it’s most likely best if we do not accent the pronoun.

One more alternative we might attempt would certainly be to put the “LES-” on the one beat as well as the “FOUND OUT” on the 2nd beat. the second beat would function as a solid syllable because situation, due to the fact that it’s more powerful than where all of the unstressed syllables have been positioned. But after that we would certainly be cramming 3 unstressed syllables in between one beat, and they ‘d probably sound really cramped as well as entered there.

Another error would certainly be to place an unstressed part of the phrase on a heavily accented beat, like the initial or third beat. Something like this:.
3 ————- 4 ————– 1 ———— 2 ———— 3 ———– 4.
————– Les ———— BOYS– that-I ———— LEARNED.
————– Promis ——— ES ———- I’ve ——— MADE.
Do you listen to exactly how abnormal that sounds? It’s due to the fact that the “- sons” in “lessons” should not be accented based on exactly how it’s spoken, however because it’s landeding on the downbeat of the step, it’s gobbling all the accent. Steps such as this ought to be avioded whatsoever costs.
Let’s return to looking at the stress and anxieties correctly lining up with the action.

Also when we do it right, we still have a selection to earn. As you remember, this one worked out pretty well:.
1 ————— 2 ————— 3 ————— 4.
LES-sons —— that– I ———- DISCOVERED–.
PRO-mises —– I have actually ———— EARNED ——.
Allow’s call that one Option 1.

Given that beats one and also three are both so solid, as well as we have two words that require highlighting, this option would function also:.
3 ————- 4 ———— 1 ———— 2.
LES-sons– that-I ——– FOUND OUT ——-.
PRO-mises– I’ve ——— EARNED ——–.
Allow’s call that a person Alternative 2. There’s a refined distinction between both, however there is a difference.

In Option 1, “lessons” and “promises” landed on the downbeat, so they lug a little more weight compared to “learned” and “earned.” So these lines end up being mostly regarding the lessons as well as promises.

In Alternative 2, “found out” and also “made” get on the downbeat, so now those expressions concentrate on the understanding as well as the earning, as opposed to exactly what’s being learned as well as gained. Like I said, the difference is subtle, but it’s there.

In addition to selecting which word you want to be extra accented, you also have to recognize the beat you begin your melody on impacts your track too. In Option 1, the tune begins on the downbeat, which always has the tendency to have a really complete, fulfilling sort of feeling.
Alternative 2 starts on the third beat, which really feels a bit a lot more unstable. The beat you start your melody on is an additional thing that will play right into the meaning of your verses, so you have some decisions to earn.

The most convenient means to validate any one of the info you found out hee, is to tap a beat and sing the lines as you’re composing them making sure the appropriate music and also speech tensions are lined up. Recognizing these principles will certainly aid you out a lot when attempting to find out why something doesn’t work. However at the end of the day, you always intend to trust your ears to lead you in the appropriate instructions. LDA