Here are five great ways you can make your songs easier on the ears of your audience and more tempting for radio DJs to play.
Don’t reinvent the wheel: It’s hard work and what you end up with may not roll smoothly. There are tried and tested formulae when it comes to giving a song its ebb and flow. Most pop songs will follow the ABABCBB formula which translates to intro/verse1/chorus1/verse2/chorus2/middle 8/chorus 3/chorus for those of us unfamiliar with such codes. If you’re clueless as to how to arrange your lyrics, you can try this for a start. Then you can tweak it- drop the intro, throw in an instrumental at the end- depending on how the mood leads you. But remember to keep the distinction between the quieter verses and the more intense chorus.
Listen to the experts: Don’t be afraid to borrow from your favorite artist. Pay attention to how he or she structures their songs the next time you listen and try and develop a template you can follow. Even they learnt from their heroes, so it’s not stealing.
Bring the chorus in: The experts say that listeners should not have to wait more than a minute to hear your song’s chorus. Some even recommend that you start off with the chorus, or some version of it.
Variation: I’ve heard it said that the length of a song’s verses and its chorus should be the same length and be evenly spliced into each other. While this sounds good on paper and makes work easier, it may lead to mind-numbing predictability. Vary the lengths of your verses to cure this.
Chorus length: Try as much as possible to make your hook as short and catchy as possible (hence the name ‘hook’). Radio DJs will be more inclined to slot in a song whose chorus is less than a minute long. They will be happier if your song’s chorus lasts no more than 30 seconds.
Now off you go to your studio, or creative space.
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