Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure
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Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure

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Author: Pat Pattison

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Table of Contents

Permissions & Acknowledgments
Lyric Elements: the Great Juggling Act
Number of Phrases: Getting Your Balance
Lyric Phrases/musical Phrases
Length of Phrases: Controlling Your Speed
Contrasting Sections
Rhythm: Setting up, Shutting Down
Deceptive Closure
Unexpected Closure
Rhyme: Taking Total Control
Rhyme Scheme
Rhyme Structure
Rhyme Strategies
Form: Tossing the Balls TOGEtheR
Song Elements
Building Sections
Song Forms: the Big Show
Hook Placement and Focus: Turning the Lights on
1. Put The Hook At The Beginning Or End Of Its Section, Maybe Both.
2. Keep The Structure Pointing Forward Until You Get To The Hook.
3. Repeat The Hook
4. Use Sound To Spotlight The Hook.
5. Use The Hook's Rhythm In Other Strategic Places.

Veteran songwriter Pat Pattison has taught many of Berklee College of Music's best and brightest students how to write truly great lyrics. His helpful guide contains essential information on lyric structures, timing and placement, and exercises to help everyone from beginners to seasoned songwriters say things more effectively and gain a better understanding of their craft. Features examples of famous songs for study, including: Be Still My Beating Heart • Can't Fight This Feeling • It Was a Very Good Year • Tickle Me • and more.

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