I remember when I first began writing songs and discovered the concept of a music hook. I would grab an acoustic guitar, strum chords, sing melodies, makeup lyrics, and jot ideas down in a notebook. Sometimes I would just work on lyrics, and other times just the melodies or guitar parts.
This is the way that many of us begin writing; it is the GETTING STARTED Phase, and it is still a great way to Brainstorm ideas.
But the feedback from my songs was usually the same from everybody:
Everything sounds like a verse.
There’s no Music Hook.
Which section is the Chorus?
In my quest for Improvement I discovered an Incredible SECRET that the Pro’s use:
BEGIN WITH THE HOOK!
Keep doing the Brainstorming, but don’t commit to developing a song until you have a Central Concept, Title, and Melody, that you can build into a great chorus.
One way that many great writers do this is by keeping a List of Titles right at the beginning of their notebooks. Stay Alert throughout your day for potential tiles, and add them to your list.
When it is time to write, go through your title list first, and see if one of them evokes a concept to write about, or a catchy melody. Work with that one line, or even one word, until you can weave it into a CATCHY MUSIC HOOK, and then build your song from the chorus down.
If you’ve done a lot of the brainstorming phase in the past, the rest of the song should come MUCH EASIER.
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