Have listened to so many hiphop songs and have noticed that there are so many things that are supposed to be in place that are not, many errors in tracks and many mistakes, but because a music sounds nice and danceable makes people blind to those mistakes. here are some tips to help you in composing them and progressions included for music producers.
Are you curious about writing pop songs? If you’re an established or aspiring writer who’s interested in writing pop music, here are a few tips on how to craft better pop songs.
1. Listen to Pop Music
It’s going to be challenging to create a great pop song if you don’t know what contemporary pop music sounds like. Take a listen to the songs on the Billboard charts so you know what the current top 10 or top 100 songs are. Analyze a few of your favorite songs on the list and look up the chords by using guitar tabs or sheet music. Get familiar with the types of chords and melodies used and study the song’s lyrics. If you’re not already a guitarist or keyboard player, it would be helpful if you took the time to learn to play one of these instruments as they’re great instruments for writing on.
2. Song Structure
Listening to pop music will help you to learn more about song structure. Pop songs balance repetition and new musical ideas. The most common parts of a pop song are:
The Intro is the part at the start of the song. In most pop songs the intro is typically 4–8 bars, as this works well for radio airplay. The intro of a song serves to capture the listener’s attention and can be an instrumental version of the verse or the chorus.
The Verse is heard many times in the song; musically it’s always the same but the lyrics change each verse. The main function of the verse is to tell a story to listeners.
The Chorus of the song is the most important part of the song and the main part of the song that listeners remember. The chorus should have a catchy melody and is often the climax of the song. Sometimes there is a Pre-Chorus placed before the Chorus that serves to make the Chorus shine.
The Bridge of the song usually occurs after the second chorus and its purpose is to add variety to your song. In the bridge, a different chord progression could be written or you could have an instrumental solo.
The standard pop song structure is:
Intro-Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus-Bridge-Chorus (for more info contact us here)
3. Starting Out
The most important part about writing pop songs is to get going writing them! Although it goes without saying, songs don’t write themselves. There are several ways you can start out writing pop songs.
Chords are a great way to start composing songs, and you can use the chords from other pop songs as a basis for writing your own chord progressions. Try playing the chords from your favorite song and humming a melody overtop.
Many pop songs have originated from great guitar hooks. If you have an idea for a guitar or piano lick, use that as the main theme for your song and build your chords and melody lines around it.
Good songs can start with melody lines and it’s quite possible to write the entire melody for the verses and chorus right off the bat. An idea for a cool melody can come to you at any time, so writers should always have a portable recorder (or iPhone recording app) close at hand.
With a Groove
Songs can be written to grooves and this can be a really fun way to write songs with electronic music producers. If you’re a producer yourself, try composing a short four- or eight-bar loop and writing the chords and melodies to this overtop. If you’re a vocalist and you’re working with an electronic music producer you may be sent short grooves to write overtop of. Grooves are a fun and simple way to write. if you want to really understand this, its best you sign up for a mentorship program
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