Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #29

Today we are going to be talking about structure – and more importantly, the inner structure of your lines, stanzas, verses, etc.

When you are writing a song, you want the message to come across as clear as possibly desired to your audience. Having a good structure will make that happen.

So, five main areas of structure within you lines are:

  • Number of lines
  • Length of lines
  • Rhythm of lines
  • Rhyme scheme of the lines
  • Rhyme type to the words in the lines

Let’s briefly talk about them individually.

Number of lines has importance to it. an even number of lines produces stability while an odd number of lines creates tension or a lead-in to something with irresolution.

Length works the same way. Compare a song with each lines of the verse being the same versus ones where they are not.

Does the natural rhythmic flow and accentuation of the words change from line to line? And is that what you want?

With the rhyme scheme, you are basically deciding if the rhyme pattern will be predictable of not (more to come soon).

And finally, will these rhymes be close family or loose rhymes?

Think this stuff over as you are revising and editing your lyrics. Look over the structure and make sure it is what you intended it to be.

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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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