Quick Tip #6 – Song Structure

Song Structure:

How to turn looped beats into story-telling songs that everyone wants to listen to until the very last note? That’s what you will find out in this Quick Tip! In regards to the last Quick Tip article (#5 – Musicality) this question was posed:


“What makes the difference between a simple beat maker and a world class producer?”


In that same article, I talked about the first half of the answer, which is develop yourself musically and learn the basics of playing multiple instruments. Now, we’ll talk about the second half of the answer: creating attention-trapping songs instead of looped beats. Your first objective as a producer sitting in your home studio is obviously creating something epic. And we all know, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. But if it does and inspiration hits, most producers stop when an awesome piece of looped music is finished. For a true world-class producer however, the process has just begun. They will now try to create a story-telling song based on this loop, one that has a beginning, a body and an end.

By doing so, they create a song structure that makes it way easier for songwriters and rappers to get inspired and write something awesome. And this, in turn, increases the odds that you’re getting paid! Or at least enter a collaboration with an artist you like.

Creating a proper song structure is no rocket science, it just takes some time and effort. What I would advise you to do are the following two things:


Technique #1: Analyse Song Structures by Others

Start by listening to songs in your genre and try to find out and write down the structure of the songs. For most pop songs, it will resemble something like this (although you will often find climbs/pre-hooks/build-ups between the verses and the chorusses):

Drum Samples


Technique #2: Force Yourself

Force yourself to create full songs out of every looped beat that you would consider sending out to some artists, songwriters and rappers. I know it is tempting to just save and send the looped beat and start fresh on something new, but try to resist that temptation and use your creativity to create a captivating and coherent story. Trust me, it will pay off in the end!

Creating a structure starts simply by creating variations on your looped piece of music. Here, there are no rules. Just to give you an idea, you can change the drum patterns and/or the drum sounds, cut out the drums in some parts, insert breaks, use effects, add and/or leave out other instruments, and mix the different parts of the song in whatever way it suits your story the best!


Quick Tip #6 Song Structure:

Try to develop the habit of turning your best beats into full songs by endlessly experiencing with different ways of creating variation and a strong storyline. This way, you will slowly but steadily improve the value of your beats and develop yourself as a true producer!


Read More: Quick Tip #7 – Tuning 808 Kicks


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