Write a song that features a call-and-response | Songwriting Club

Adding depth to your melodies can be as simple as layering one harmony.

However, sometimes it’s nice to try something new and experiment with different types of embellishments. A unique one is call-and-response, a musical interaction where two phrases play in succession. The first phrase calls out, and the second phrase responds. I learned about call-and-response in jazz school, but it’s a time-tested writing method that works with any genre, from classical to pop and everything in between.

On that note, let’s dive into this week’s Songwriting Club prompt: add a call-and-response to one of your melodies.

Here’s what I came up with:

I very loosely incorporated a call-and-response in my vocals at 1:40 – it was fun to think outside of the parallel harmony box! If you’re digging the sounds used in the track, check out this Collection to get your hands on them. Although it’s not a requirement, if you used a sound you found on Splice Sounds, let us know! If you want to use Splice Sounds in your song but don’t have an account, get your first month free with the code songwriting.

If you’re feeling proud of your tune or you’re looking for some feedback, upload it to the Splice community, SoundCloud, YouTube, Bandcamp, etc., and toss the link in the comments below. Before you share, just make sure you’re following these guidelines:

  1. Make sure your track aligns with the prompt – it should be something that you’ve specifically written in response to this blog post.
  2. No promotional posts – no links to contests, social media pages, etc.
  3. Comment on at least one other person’s song before you go – even if it seems small to you, your praise or critique can make a transformative impact on someone else’s craft.
  4. Give a quick summary of your goals for your song – asking for feedback on specific aspects (ex. the lyrics, chord progression, etc.) is also recommended!

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February 7, 2020

Katie Smith Katie is an Artist Marketing Manager at Splice and a singer / songwriter under the moniker Lewis Lane.