Songwriter's Toolbox - Creating Contrast using Short Notes and Long Notes (Eagles) Songwriter's Toolbox

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One of the most effective ways to make your songs stay fresh, keep listeners interested and really build drama is contrast. One of my favorite songwriting teachers, Jai Josefs, makes this point all the time. Contrast is a fundamental tool great songwriters use. They make sure that the sections of their songs - verse, chorus, bridge, etc. - each sound different. How do you create in your songs? This is where a deep understanding of lyrics and music theory really pays off. As Pat Pattison, at Berklee, likes to say, just ask "What do you got?" and then ask "What's different?" The more you know about lyric writing and music theory, the more you'll understand what you've got and what would be different. But we all have lots of experience listening to music - and we know intuitively when things sound different. So, whether by ear or by training, you can play around with making your song sections sound different from one another. To illustrate this point with melodies, let's check out the Eagles' song "Take it Easy." Happy songwriting! BTW: If you'd like to hear some of the music I've written, you can go to my music website: www.ChocolateStrawberryStudios.com Please comment if you'd like to. I look forward to hearing what you think!

One of the most effective ways to make your songs stay fresh, keep listeners interested and really build drama is contrast. One of my favorite songwriting teachers, Jai Josefs, makes this point all the time. Contrast is a fundamental tool great songwriters use. They make sure that the sections of their songs - verse, chorus, bridge, etc. - each sound different. How do you create in your songs? This is where a deep understanding of lyrics and music theory really pays off. As Pat Pattison, at Berklee, likes to say, just ask "What do you got?" and then ask "What's different?" The more you know about lyric writing and music theory, the more you'll understand what you've got and what would be different. But we all have lots of experience listening to music - and we know intuitively when things sound different. So, whether by ear or by training, you can play around with making your song sections sound different from one another. To illustrate this point with melodies, let's check out the Eagles' song "Take it Easy." Happy songwriting! BTW: If you'd like to hear some of the music I've written, you can go to my music website: www.ChocolateStrawberryStudios.com Please comment if you'd like to. I look forward to hearing what you think!

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