Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #14

Today we are going to talk about two similar ideas of rhyming in the realm of loose/imperfect rhymes.

First up, the additive/subtractive rhymes. These are words that have similar sounding vowel sounds, but one might have a extra consonant sound at the end.

For example:

And years after years we tried

But it only made me scream and cry

Both words at the end of the phrases have the “I” sound, but tried ends with a -d.

And then there are assonance/consonance rhymes. This is when both words have a consonant after their similar sounding vowels, but they are different.

Okay, that might sound confusing, but take a look here:

And so death was a great mystery

No one knew who’ll the Reaper reap

What soul to take or whom to keep

A deadly trick-o’-treat

Lines 1 & 2 show an additive/subtractive rhyme because reap ends in a consonant while mystery does not.

Lines 2 & 3 show a perfect rhyme with both the vowels and consonants matching.

Finally, Lines 3 & 4 how an assonance/consonance rhyme because while the stressed vowel sounds are the same, the consonants at the end are different.

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Author: Bryan M. Waring

Bryan Waring is a graduate of USM's School of Music with a B.M. in Performance – Composition and is now attending Belmont University for a M.M. in Commercial Media – Composition & Arranging. During his time at USM, he studied violin with Dino Liva and composition with Dr. Daniel Sonenberg, as well as has premiered several pieces during the semiannual Composer's Ensemble concert series. In 2017, Bryan was a writer for the original musical theater work of "Molded By The Flow," directed by Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert. Outside of school, Bryan has been involved with writing music for videogame developers at Portland's CI2 Lab, collaborating with the King Tide Party, and studying with Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs) in San Diego. Now living in Nashville. Along with composing, Bryan teaches music to children, receiving the Master Teacher Award for his work at ESF Camps; and does audio engineering for live ensembles. Besides talents in music, Bryan is a team-player in any competitive work environment; equipped with skills in leadership, organization, mathematics, creativity, communication, and managing. On the side, Bryan has worked as a model for several skilled artists in the New England area. Among his other accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in April 2013 with a project of building a side parking area with guide rails for Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, CT.

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