Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #49

Another lyrical form you should consider on using is the ABAC form.  While it is not conventual or popular, many great hits in the past have used this form.

Similar to the ABAB form, the A section contains the main musical theme/motif/idea.  The B section is the development while also serving as the catapult to return back to the A section.  Length for each lettered section is typically 8-bars long, but it can vary.

The C section is new…

Well, the C lyrics section is new, it that it is only performed once in the entire structure of the song.  It can contain a bit of thematic material found in the B section (acting as B’) or being completely new.

Titles usually appear (that is, if you want to incorporate the title into the lyrics) at the beginning or at the end of the AB or AC sections.

Try playing around with this form; especially if the structure of your lyrics is to create an emotional climax.

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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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