A Verse, a Chorus… And Then What?

June 27, 2015

The Essential Secrets of Songwriting Blog

Written by Gary Ewer, author of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook Bundle.

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Piano player singer-songwriterOnce you’ve got a great idea for a song (which often means that you’ve got a great idea for a chorus), you’ll find that the next big challenge is to create a verse that partners well with it. If you’ve read my last blog post, you’ll know the characteristics of a good verse.

And so now you’ve got a verse and a chorus. For many songwriters, it’s what happens next that’s the tricky part. Do you often get stuck at this point? How do you proceed beyond verse 1?

For most, it’s dealing with the lyrics that presents the biggest problem when trying to extend your song idea beyond that initial verse-chorus partnership. This is especially tricky if your lyric isn’t specifically a story, but really more of a “this is the way things are…

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