32 Bar Song Structure
Style: Tempo:



Verse 1


Verse 2


Middle Eight



Choose up to 4 of the chords below



Dm E Em F Fm G Gm A Am

Organise into a pattern for your verse

And then for your chorus

about this house Expand Idea Alliteration: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers . loose. Topic Assonance: There’s a goose.KEEP YOUR SENTENCES SHORT Come up with rhyming words for each of your ideas Simile: as quiet as a mouse Metaphor: All the world’s a stage.

Lyrics Verse 1 Line 1 Line 2 – Can you make line 2 rhyme with line 1 4 Lines for the Verse 1 Line 3 Line 4 – Can you make line 4 rhyme with line 3 Chorus – Needs to be catchy to sell the song Either Line 1 Line 2 repeated 3 times 4 Lines for the Chorus Or Line 1 Line 2 Repeat Line 1 and 2 Verse 2 Follow pattern of Verse 1 4 Lines for the Verse 2 .

Song Writing Lesson Objective – To write a pop song. considering song structure. style. You have 5 minutes with your partner to discuss the following questions. Duration. chord sequences and hooks Look at the following words: Tempo. Texture. Dynamics. mood. bass riffs. lyrics. What do you suggest is the most important part of a song? What is contrast in music? How can we achieve contrast in our songs? Where would the most effective use of contrast be found in a song? .

OBJECTIVES • All of you MUST complete your lyrics by the end of the lesson • Most of you SHOULD come up with a rhythm for your lyrics • Some of you COULD compose a melody for your lyrics using the C Major scale .

Mark crosses above the words for each syllable 5. The strong emphasis may fall in the middle of a word 3.Poetry) Strong Accents – (Lift) Weak Accents – (Dip) • He died for us • And what did he do • We sin against him • But he still loves you _______________________ • Is eternal Life 1. Identify the two strong words in each sentence 2. Draw a line in front of it of the first word 4.Working with Lyrics (four-by-four time signature . Word Painting .g. If a word has two syllables or more we can use shorter rhythms e. quavers 6.

Straight Rhythms He died for us and 1 2 3 4 .

Refreshing longer dotted rhythms (1 ½ He Died ½) for (1 ½ us ½) and 1 x + 2 + x 3 x + 4 + x .

Refreshing shorter dotted rhythms (¾ These ¼ )( ¾ are called ¼ )(¾ dotted ¼ ) rhy -thms 1 e + a x x 2 e + a x x 3 e + a x x 4 e + a x x .

For those who want a CHALLENGE!! :  Write numbers above the crosses.Week 3 Next step: When using Using your lyrics: Either…. two sets of headphones Choose the style number you want to use. making sure the numbers add up to 4  Convert numbers into music notation e.g 1 = ½ = . press start  Press the tempo button and type in the number you want to use  On the note middle C speak and play your rhythms you have crossed above your lyrics. 3. etc  Collect a splitter. 4  Speak your lyrics through with your partner until you have found a good natural rhythm making sure your underlined words fall on beat 1 and 3  You should both be comfortable with your lyrics at the end of the lesson or….2. Speak the words at the same time. two sets of headphones  Type in the style number you want to use...  You should both be comfortable with your lyrics at the end of the lesson    . press start Press the tempo button and change the tempo using the + or – buttons to the speed you want  Your partner will count the beats – 1 . Keyboards Collect a splitter (they have been ordered!!).

the chords could be played smooth or viceversa . Choose one of these letters and make a rhythm pattern. Final step – now create a rhythm for the chords – opposites attract!! If the bass-line is lively. Remember contrast – If the bass is smooth in the verse perhaps the chorus bass line could be livelier? 5. Is there a letter close to the first letter you chose? Smoother the better!!! Play the same rhythm for this new note 4. Remember to count 4 beats 3. Play on the keyboard (use DON’T LOOK BACK IN ANGER AS YOUR CHORD PATTERN) 2. playing in the bass of the keyboard. Work out letters of each chord. Look at the next chord.Bass Line F Bass-line Song Structure C F C c G b Am Em a b Am G Verse 1 Chorus 1.

• Bullets points only in your own words – no copy and paste .Homework • There have been many famous song writing partnerships over the decades. • Research the names of 2 partnerships for each decade starting from the 1950s and tell me what their most famous song (s) was / were.

A good rhythmic pattern in the chords? A catchy bassline that moves? Contrast between verse and chorus? Achieve all this and you will gain a level 6 -7 Lyrics that fit with the chords? An Intro and outro? A middle eight to hear a new idea? .A catchy hook? Does our song have….

Guitar Example C Chord .

Bass Guitar Chart .

Re-arrange chords C 5 3 1 G D B G Am E C A E C A F= Task 1 work out notes of chords Root position chords G E C G E C C A = Task 2 Circle one note from each chords below the line F = Task 3 Create a rhythm for your bass-line C A F Re-arrange chords D B G .

Lyrics • 4 lines for verse 1 • 4 lines for verse 2 • 4 lines for the Chorus = make it catchy. You can repeat individual words Can you make the end of the sentences rhyme? . this sells the song Each line should be short = a maximum of 6/7 words You can repeat lines.

Lesson objective: choosing appropriate notes from the chord for our bass-line .

Thicker lines show the beats You should draw in your notes in this area (near C3 and C4) 8 little boxes = 2 beats (minim) 6 little boxes = 1 ½ beats (dotted 3 little boxes = 3/4 beats (dotted quaver) Each little box = ¼ of a . The whole melody will last for four bars. ½ beat (quaver) = 2 boxes. Each bar is labelled with a big number. ¼ beat (semi-quaver) = 1 box. 1 beat (crotchet) = 4 boxes. ¾ beat (dotted quaver) = 3 boxes and 1 ½ beats (dotted crotchet) = 6 boxes.Adding chords into Logic Pro (sequencing) Each note of your melody (each letter in the right hand boxes) needs a rhythm that lasts 2 beats. On the grid below each note will fill 8 little boxes in total.

Re-arrange chords Am 5 3 1 G B G E E B G Dm A F D D A F F= Task 1 work out notes of chords Root position chords E C A E C A C A = Task 2 Circle one note from each chords below the line F = Task 3 Create a rhythm for your bass-line C A F Re-arrange chords .