The Verse Sets Up Your Hook/Chorus – Step 5

Set up your chorus by coloring each one in a different way with the last few lines of the verses.The verse explains the main idea of the song and keeps the story moving forward, coloring the chorus differently every time to keep the listener interested.

You can really improve your songwriting if you put forth a lot of effort in constructing your verses.

Now, with a solid main hook contained in the chorus we’ll work in reverse and construct the first verse.

A few important tips before we start:

• the verse should usually be lower in pitch than
the hook/chorus to create contrast
• use lines and words from your worksheet to generate ideas for the verse
• to create contrast with the hook/chorus, vary the pitch and the word phrasing
• use each verse to set up and color the chorus differently each time. In other
words, what you say in each verse directly affects how the listener feels the
chorus and the lines right before the chorus help accomplish this.

Follow these tips to create your verses:

1. Take a look at the worksheet created in Step 3/Rhymezone, and pick out a line that grabs your attention and provides an introduction to what you want the song to say. The first and last line of a verse are the ones people remember most, so make these count!

2. Repeat the line you chose by speaking in a normal tone and take note of pitch movement as you speak them like we did in Step 4 – Hook/Chorus. Start experimenting with singing the verse line.

3. Now, sing the hook/chorus a couple of times then fall into the verse you want to create by singing the first verse line naturally. You’ll find it usually falls perfectly into place! It’s easier to create a verse after the chorus because our minds have been conditioned to hear this natural drop in pitch, and we as human beings are good at imitating what we’ve already heard!

4. After writing a rough draft of your first verse and hook/chorus you’ll come to the second verse and sometimes find yourself not knowing where the song will go from there. If this happens, consider these tips:

• Be aware that sometimes the 1st verse will become the 2nd verse and vice versa
•Start asking questions like: What does the singer want someone to do? Where does the
singer want to go? When can the singer….? Get it? Use who,what,where,when why,
and how.

•The 2nd verse usually is constructed exactly like the 1st, but as in our example song

below this doesn’t always have to be the case. Note how the rhyming scheme
changes after the 1st four lines of the 2nd verse for added emphasis–put this
into your bag of tricks. Rules are definitely made to be broken!
In our example song’s second verse I asked “Where does
the singer want to go?”

(1st Verse):
I don’t have to go very far
To get what I need
You are the natural version of
A mega-dose of ecstasy

You’re touch
It picks me up
It always gets me through the night
Your kiss
Is my syringe
Injecting me with desire

(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 nand fill me up
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 nand fill me up

(2nd Verse):
Take me on a one way trip
Use my body as your guide
If I O.D. on your love, Baby
I’m so ready to die

Cause I’ve lived enough
I’ve laughed enough
I’ve cried enough
I’ve lost in love
I’m so in love
Lord up above
Forgive me cause I….

**Notice how the two last lines in each verse colored the chorus in a different way!

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A bridge is not always necessary but when you do use it make sure it provides another dimension to the song by changing the melody, rhythm, and harmony so it sets fire causing the final chorus to explode. You can become a great songwriter once you know how, when and where to place a bridge effectively.

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