Songwriter Exercise 5 - Determine Songwriter Prominence
Prominence of Your Songwriting Section
The following songwriter exercise applies to one
(1) songwriting section at a time.]
"Step 1: Decide if your words, or music, should hold more
prominence in this section"
Which should be your
listener’s primary focus in this section of your song?
OK! Let's start crafting your songwriting style,
one section at a time. Let's start with the
songwriting section you've chosen
to work on.
Most of today’s contemporary songs are
balanced between both elements throughout their song.
...but some songwriters like to emphasize (or
"call more attention to") one by diminishing the intensity of
This Section's Songwriter
- "When the songwriter believes their words are more
important and that their melody should only provide
"support" for the overall song."
If you believe your listeners should pay more
attention to your words in this section, we'll develop a basic
melody to be played in background; no chord changes, key
changes, or complicated melody patterns.
Prominence - "The songwriter
believes their melody is more important and should carry
listeners through to the next section.
If you think your words aren't that important in
this section, feel free to make your melody the primary focus
for more strength.
Songwriter Prominence has more to do
with strength (intensity) than complexity.
"Step 2: Choose Songwriter Prominence for this section of
Stay focused on your song’s overall emotional
journey when determining songwriter prominence for this
songwriting section. Decide if your words should lead, if your
music should leads, or if each should be balanced in this
“Be prepared to revise lyrics, layout and music
where necessary. Let's continue with your next songwriter
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