Experiment with song form / song structure | Songwriting Club

Songs come in all different forms.

Using letters from the alphabet, we’re able to depict different musical sections and if / when they repeat in the tune. For example, in the world of jazz, we commonly hear an AABA song form, whereas popular music often comes in the form of ABAB, alternating between verses and choruses. Sometimes, a bridge is tossed in to add a new section to the mix – ABABCB.

This week, let’s switch things up and write at song that experiments with song form.

As an example, I pulled a song from my archives that follows an ABABCC song form, adding an entirely new section to the end of the tune.

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!

Check back in for your next prompt on May 1st. We can’t wait to hear what you create!

April 17, 2020

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