Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #32

Today we are going to be talking about how changing the form by balancing/unbalancing sections can makes things – pop out.

Think about it. A section that is balanced in a group of unbalanced sections would stick-out in the listener’s mind through this juxtaposition. And this works in vice-versa.

A verse of 4 lines where 3 lines out of the 4 rhyme – the odd one out will get more attention from the listener.

Verses that have an unusual rhyming pattern or odd number of lines will create tension. Making the chorus a place of even resolution will make the chorus stick-out from the verses around it; thus, giving the section more power.

Keep this in mind as you are revising your lyrics.

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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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