Alongside lyrics and melody, rhythm an essential part of a good song. Perhaps you don’t feel you have rhythm – if so, then take an egg shaker out with you when walking to the tube or even walking round the house to train your body and mind to shake in time with your steps and your movement. Try counting 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + and shaking the egg accordingly, either on the numbers (also known as ‘on the beat’) or on the plus signs (also known as the ‘off beat’) or on both!
Listen to your favourite song, and figure out what the main drum beat is doing. Is it doing a ‘four on the floor’ beat? [listen to hear what a four on the floor beat is] Or is the rhythm more like a waltz, an old fashioned dance which uses triplets as its pulse?
Another thing to bear in mind when writing your songs is the rhythm of your lyrics – take Ed Sheeran; his lyrics create their very own rhythm in his use of singing/rapping style, making the song more interesting and very catchy in certain places. The same goes for Bastille’s track Pompeii – these lyrics have a rhythm of their own, emphasized or created by the syllables of the words he uses, for example, ‘and the walls, kept tum-b-ling down’. Rhythmic lyrics can help to find melodies, or indeed can be dictated by them.
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