The Introduction

The purpose of this video series is to provide a simple overview of songwriting theory, as well as identifying a number of strategies you can use to help create your most engaging songs.

We’re going to break down the components of a well-crafted song. We’ll look at everything from basic music theory, song structure, composition and lyric writing. We’ll cover the application of nuance to create drama and intrigue.

Once you’re acquainted with these few basic concepts, they will help guide you to a deeper understanding of the songwriting craft.

The Power of Song

The marriage of music and language has created a conduit, a well-spring for human expression. Beyond songwriting, few artistic forms are more capable of perfectly expressing the range and complexity of the human condition.

The power of song takes many forms. From the ceremonial to the celebrational, from the contemplative to the expressive. As humans we continue to identify culturally, mark our most powerful rituals with, and attach our most poignant memories to songs.

Evolution of Song

Throughout most of human prehistory and history, and especially before written language, songs played a critical role in our cultural development. They carried our news and recorded our history. Even today, songs continue to hold a powerful place in our everyday lives.

How can something so simple, you can sing it in the shower, fulfil so many important rolls in our society? How do songs effect so many people in so many profound ways?

Song Structure

It ain’t about fancy. Often the simplest design can be the most compelling.

With that said, there are a number of structural components that can be used in writing a song. Like linear building blocks, they make up the structure of a song.

Basics of Rhythm

If you work with other musicians, it’s good to speak the lingo.

Here’s a few terms commonly used in the music world.

Upcoming Chapters

Chapter 5: Intervals

Chapter 6: Identifying Values

Chapter 7: Drama

Chapter 8: The Pocket

Chapter 9: Lyric Writing

Chapter 10: Engagement

Chapter 11: Lyric Phrasing

Chapter 12: The Process