Chapter Three

Song Structure

It ain’t about fancy. Often the simplest design can be the most compelling. The same might be said of writing a song. It doesn’t need to be unnecessarily complex. 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.

Today, popular songs are typically more complex than they were 200 years ago, when a simple alternating verse/chorus structure was the norm. The verses would tell the story and the chorus would offer a predictable refrain to reinforce the theme of the song.

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


Chapter 1: Power of Song

Chapter 2: Evolution of Song

Chapter 3: Song Structure

Chapter 4: Basics of Rhythm

Chapter 5: Intervals

Chapter 6: Identifying Values

Chapter 7: Drama

Coming Soon!

Chapter 8: The Pocket

Chapter 9: Lyric Writing

Chapter 10: Engagement

Chapter 11: Lyric Phrasing

Chapter 12: The Process