Your Hook Rules The Chorus! – Step 4

The song hook is usually the most important part of any song.The ” hook” is the catchy line or musical part that repeats throughout the song catching the listener’s attention and making the song memorable. Any song can have more than one “hooky” part (sometimes called “motifs”) but almost always have a main hook in the chorus that sets itself apart from the others as the BIG ONE.

Regardless of the song form you choose, the easiest way to start writing a song is to write the main hook first in the chorus. This is because you want to base your whole song on the centralized theme of the song which is the main hook.

The hook will form the chorus of our song. As a matter of fact, some industry pros refer to the hook as being the chorus of the song even though that’s technically incorrect. Regardless, this will be the part of the song the listener will remember most, so we want to really capture them here.

To create the hook, use this step-by-step guide:

1. Start by repeating the song title several times in your normal voice. Don’t sing just yet.

2. Now pay attention to the words, what they mean, and what type of mood you want to create with the song. When you have a clear picture of this, move to the next step.

3. Put step 1 and step 2 together and don’t sing, just speak the words the way you would in normal conversation. Notice there is a natural movement either up or down in the pitch of your voice while you repeat the title. Let this guide you in moving notes up or down and developing the note sequencefor the hook.

Example: In our example song title, “Ive Never Been So High” the first two letters of “Never”, the word “Been”, and the word “High”, all naturally went up in pitch as I spoke them. You may have had a slightly different result because we’re all unique in how we speak, but it’s probably basically the same.

4. Now take those natural pitch movements you found while speaking the title, start singing, and accentuate those pitch movements by singing them on higher notes. Go as high as you want on these notes until you find what you think are the right high notes. You might have to play with this for a while but soon you’ll have the perfect hook in the chorus for your song.

5. At this point you may have already come up with a line before or after the main hook line. Usually these come naturally because the main hook will help guide you in developing the other lines. These lines will also support the theme of the title and almost always will become a part of your main hook.

However, if you’re stuck, simply repeat the above process until you find the right notes for them. too.

6. Now figure out a rhyming scheme for your chorus by using the mini-guide in Step 3/Rhymezone.

7. Write down your hook/chorus in the middle of a sheet of paper to leave room for the verse you’re about to create. You should now have two pieces of paper-your worksheet, and your song sheet.

This is what our example song looks like so far in the
chorus:

I’ve never been so high
Your love is like a drug
One shot of you ain’t enough
I’ve never been so high
Your love is like a drug
C’mon and fill me up

Notice I’ve used repetition in using the line “your love is like a drug.” Repetition can be used anywhere in the song but is usually used in the chorus to create memorability. Also remember, the chorus should be the same throughout the song although sometimes you can vary certain words in the chorus for your own effect.

Now we have a great hook-contained chorus!

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Great songwriters know verses form the foundation for all songs and if there’s not enough strength in their construction, the hook in the chorus will crumble and fall flat.

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Rhymezone, The Songwriting Secret Weapon – Step 3

Use Rhymezone to find words yiou would never even dream of finding.Rhymezone is the ultimate online word finder and in this step I’ll show you how to take full advantage of Rhymezone to spark new words and lines for your songwriting. With practice, this tip will enable you to break free from writer’s block forever!

We’ll use Rhymezone to help create a songwriting worksheet, much like the one we started in Step 1- Song Title. In fact, for this exercise we’ll continue with the same word list from Step 1 for the sex/lust song theme I titled “I’ve Never Been So High.”

It’s important to come up with as many words as possible on your own, without Rhymezone’s help throughout the following process. This method is meant to enhance your songwriting, not substitute your own natural creativity.

Remember, I picked the following words in Step 1 to fit “I’ve Never Been So High.”

Verbs

be

live

had

need

give

Nouns

you

me

I

ecstasy

night

Other Words

always

never

around

what

high

1. Now I’ll click on the Rhymezone website , and in the “Word” box on the top left side, I’ll type in a word that describes this song. “Want” is the first word I thought of. I type it in and choose “Find related words” in the box on the right, then click “Go get it!” Looking at the words I’ll choose the ones I think will relate to my theme.

The words “desire, necessity, cry, feel, thirst, fill, very, and satisfy caught my eye as possible words to use. Now I’ll add them to my list under the correct word category. I’ll repeat this Rhymezone process a few more times for more related words.

At this point I should have a pretty good specific idea of what my song will be about. You should always be able to describe what your song is about in one sentence. Your songwriting process also becomes easier if you do.

For this song I’m thinking it’ll be about the singer telling their lover they’re love is the only drug they need.

2. Next, I’ll use Rhymezone to pick words to rhyme with, and I’ll keep building my list.

So I’ll type in the word feel in the Rhymezone “Word” box, I choose “Find rhymes” in the box on the right, and I click “Go get it”. Now I’ll pick out words that catch my attention as possibly being related to this song, and I’ll add these to my list. I’ll repeat this songwriting process with other words in Rhymezone.

3. I’ll repeat this songwriting process with Rhymezone until I can build an interesting list of words that take up at least half a page with 3 columns of categories (verbs, nouns, other words). ****Note – you can type in as many words as you want in Rhymezone and click Find related word or Find rhymes until you’re satisfied with your list. These are the words I’ve chosen for my list with the help of Rhymezone:

Verbs

be

live

had

need

give

cry

feel

thirst

fill

satisfy

take

die

laugh

use

taste

see

overdose

Nouns

you

me

I

ecstasy

night

necessity

desire

feeling

way

touch

trip

syringe

love

skin

drug

body

face

Other Words

always

never

around

what

high

very

one

because

inside

intoxicated

away

gone

wasted

ready

different

same

how

4. Here, I’ll mix and match words from column to column in any direction as many times as I’d like to. This will generate original songwriting ideas and lines I never would have thought of on my own.

get what I need

feels like a drug

one night inside your skin

I’m wasted with desire

if I overdose on your love

take me on a trip

use my high for your own thirst

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Notice how I have to add words of my own on some phrases to put them together:

• for “get what I need” I added the word “get”

• for “feels like a drug” I added “like a”

That’s it! This simple Rhymezone worksheet can also be created “old school style” with a rhyming dictionary and a good thesaurus.

to add excitement and contrast.

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Mini Rhyming Guide

When developing rhymes they don’t have to be perfect rhymes. That is, they don’t have to end on the same vowel and consonant. “False” rhymes are very much “in” right now in modern songwriting. Also, there are many different rhyming schemes you can use in your songwriting:
For example: (1) rhyming lines 1 and 2 in the verse, then rhyming lines 1 and 2 in the chorus (2) rhyming lines 2 and 4 in the verse, then rhyming lines1 and 2 in the chorus. The point is, use variation between sections in your rhyming scheme to add excitement and contrast.

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The song “hook” is what makes the listener remember the song so they can come back for more. In songwriting, you can train your mind to develop hooks because you’ve been conditioned to hearing them all our life…………………………………………………..

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