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10 Steps to a Great Song
By Dan Rivers - 06/29/2011 - 01:12 PM EDT

There are a lot of songwriting ideas out there but let’s look at these ideas from how we write a song—from top to bottom.

1. Title –Make it interesting –and short

2. Intro or signature lick - Keep intro under 12 seconds - See “My Girl” for a definition of a signature lick

3. 1st line –Intrigue the listener – 1st ace Example : "the second thing she told me before she walked away"

4. Show don’t tell -Use details (describe some specific- very specific details about the setting- See John Steinbeck)

5. Last line first verse – leads into chorus - 2nd ace

6. Chorus – memorable --- short phrases  that repeat melodically

7. Hook –memorable--- lyrically and musically (See your Title)

8. 2nd verse - New information-- What else happened, opening line 3rd ace

9. Last line 4th ace Lead back to chorus

10. Bridge –try a fresh chord or–non diatonic chord –lyrics should lead back to chorus with a more powerful meaning (see my article on Building Bridges)

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