5 Ways to Create Momentum in a Song

October 31, 2013

The Essential Secrets of Songwriting Blog

In music, momentum means that the listener needs to hear things changing as the song progresses.

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Song energyIn music, momentum is created every time you do something that makes the listener think that something else is about to happen.

For example, as you play through your verse, you might choose to play louder as you go. That generates forward motion (momentum), because listeners subconsciously want to know where that crescendo of sound will lead.

Momentum is largely responsible for keeping an audience listening to your song. There are several standard ways that musicians can create momentum. Many have to do with things you do as a performer, so those ways aren’t specifically related to songwriting, such as changing how loudly you play.


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