If you’re like me, then you probably like the traditional structure of pop and rock music. There’s something to be said for the layout of a couple of verses, a couple of choruses, and a killer bridge that keeps you interested and engaged. These formats have stood the test of time for a reason and people just seem to like it.
But I need to hear some change every so often to keep my music sounding fresh. How many of you would agree to that? You can change the instruments you use inside your multitrack sessions, but the simplest, and most efficient way is to amend the actual structure of a song. Below are a few suggestions you can use.
All You Need is One to Tweak
What I’m trying to get across is that you only need to choose one sound in your multitrack project to tweak and mix up the song format. It will keep your project fresh and break up things up a bit.
You can start by choosing a song (from your Album) that you feel is struggling compared to your others. You might have that song that just doesn’t have that sparkle to it. It might just need a little something extra to give it some extra life. You could also write a song or two that are different.
Never Leave The Bridge
You might have a song that does a traditional verse, chorus, verse, chorus and then gets to a bridge. But instead of leaving the bridge, why not stay there until the song ends? You don’t have to view the bridge as a temporary change that comes back into the chorus. The bridge could also be the next chapter of the song that leads right to the outro.
This is a tactic that I’ve used before in a few of my songs. I’d have a simple verse, chorus format that would lead into what I would like to think is an epic bridge. The bridge would be the release from all that tension I built up prior. From a lyric standpoint; it also would sum up everything I said in the verses and the choruses. It’s the climax, which I will stay at and never come back from.
Start With the Best Part
Everyone loves a good chorus, am I wrong? It’s probably because that’s the hook of the song and the catchiest moment in those three short minutes. It’s the part that everyone knows and hums along to. It’s the part you can’t wait to get to, so why wait? You can easily set up your multitrack session inside of Pro Tools to lead in with the chorus of your song.
It’s not even a secret and plenty of other songs do this technique and so can you. It’s as easy as flipping around your chorus and your verse. No need to start a song from scratch. Linkin Park is notorious for using this tactic, so you should too!
Do You Even Need a Chorus?
This tactic isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you want to go outside the box, then you can try and get rid of the hook in it’s entirety. Just like all the hymns that have been around for years and years, they are essentially just really long verses. It’s not uncommon to go 4 or 5 verse before the song is done.
To successfully pull this off, you need to have an excellent melody and some clever lyrics. Without a chorus, you can’t just have a bunch of repetitive words all over the place. You need to say something useful and then wrap that into a melody that people will remember.
Here’s an awesome guide on song structure: