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Understanding song form is essential to songwriting. Learn all how to enhance the power of your songs with macProVideo's music theory expert, Gregg Fine...
Think about it: You can't design a successful building without understanding architecture. So, it makes sense that if you trying to write a hit song, you've got to understand the basics of song form. In this 4th in a series of Music Theory tutorials by macProVideo's expert theorist, Gregg Fine, you'll learn how absolutely necessary the knowledge of song form is to writing great songs and the songwriting process.
You see, there is more to songwriting than simply inspiration. It's an art that has been developed and refined for thousands of years. And, like any kind of art, there are tools and techniques you can employ to refine the artistic results. In this tutorial you'll explore all the major pop/rock and R&B song forms including AAA, AABA and the Verse-Chorus formats. You see how the different forms function. You'll understand how some forms are best for different kinds of storytelling. You'll also learn about the anatomy of a song, and how different sections are designed to the elevate the listener's experience and enhance to power of your song's emotional impact.
Why are some songs so incredibly memorable? It's all about "Hooks." Gregg shows you how to write Hooks, where to put them and how to make them stick! So, if you're looking to take your songwriting tot the next level check out this tutorial and all of the incredible tutorials by Gregg Fine in macProVideo.com's Music Theory collection.
- Music Theory 101: Melody
- Music Theory 102: Harmony
- Music Theory 103: Rhythm
- Music Theory 104: Song Form
- Music Theory 105: Basslines
- Music Theory 106: Building Chord Progressions
- Music Theory 107: Reading Music
- Music Theory 108: Notating Music
- Music Theory 201: Jazz Theory Explored
- Music Theory 202: Jazz Improvisation Techniques
- Music Theory 301: Jordan Rudess: Harmony Explored
- Music Theory 302: Jordan Rudess: Rhythm Explored
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I absolutely loved this course and I would highly recommend to any songwriter, even the more advanced ones :)
Great series. At first I thought I didn't need this one. But after watching the tutorial it made me finally understand why I needed a bridge and a hook. Very good tutorial and a very good serie!
Really nice course, very clear and well explained, with lots of good examples. I enjoyed it a lot. it is very useful for students that want start practicing arrangement or composition.
These tutorials should be used for EVERY youth that wants to LEARN Music Theory. The efficacy of ability to comprehend and RETAIN information VITAL to creation of meaningful Melodies is extremely high. I am able to recall things I was taught almost 50 years ago, and associate things I picked up over the years with ACTUAL FORMAL Terms, so that I now UNDERSTAND what and WHY I was doing certain thing a certain way: AND WHY they actually worked. This ENTIRE SITE is Awesome, AND these lessons are great as well. HOWEVER.... THey are causing me to lose sleep because I am trying to watch them all, back to back.
This 100 level course on song structure and formatting is great! For an introduction class, this tutorial is comprehensive on the beginners material and goes into more advanced concepts on a few of the lessons.
Good tutorial, doesn't hurt to return to basic's from time to time. The animation is cool, serves the purpose of making the lesson stick in my memory.
Great course explaining how music is working and how to compose music within several style.
A very good concise review of song structure - a core architectural road map for songwriting
some very good tutorials on music structure here! The tutorials are also very easy to follow.
I'm absolutely loving these Music Theory courses. This Song Form course is the perfect accompaniment to the Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm courses. I'll be going over to the Bassline and Chord Progression courses, and then revisiting all of these again until the information is embedded in my medula. 5*s all the way.
This is a good starter if you're completely new to writing any kind of music, with enough material to help you analyse and mimic the more common forms. Would love a more advanced class on this Gregg!
Great tutorial, simple and to the point. definitly helped me understand things much more then I did.
Decent course but there is a little focus on Jazz theory. Perhaps it could have delved deeper into the popular music area of song form.
Interesting course! A nice and simple overview of the way many songs' structure is created, and the reasoning for each pieces of that structure. However, I wish it had examined the structures of other musical genres as well, such as electronic music (trance).
part 4 overall was an Interesting course that broke down a lot of concepts and ideas for arranging a song and the different forms of a song
This series continues, and Gregg gives us great detail in different song forms. But more importantly, he gives tips and tricks for each section/part. Great tutorial.
Rather basic for the 4th level music theory course. It was informative and helpful though I would expect a course like this to be more towards the beginning of the lessons
Good tutorial on song form. Continuing the playfull style fo the preceding classes this tutorial really helps a lot to understand the language of music! Recommended.
Perhaps not as essential as the previous tutorials in this series - a lot of this is very obvious - but the notation section could be useful.
This is a good video of the songform that can be hard to get a grip just by reading of! I think it could get even better if there were even more references to "hit" songs that everybody knows. I think there could be more material in the video, but never the less there's good stuff in this video and I would recommend it!
Just amazed on the quality of how this series is put together! Greg Fine does more than a fine job in covering these topics.. Great series MacPro!!!
I really enjoyed this tutorial, but would have preferred it to be a bit longer. Still a great starting point however, and should enable me to analyse songs and their forms.
Great teacher....i love the way the tutorials are explained....make some other tutorial on Composition!!
I new I needed to know more about song form and the videos are presented in a way that made structure clear to me. Good job!
Excellent. This tutorial really filled a hole in my Musical Knowledge. Perhaps more than any other I have seen. I would really love to see this taken a step further where the song form of specific genres are explained in finer detail. Something like Pop, R&B or electronica.