Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Songwriting Tip - 10 bar Verse


The Strokes have a new album coming out and was listening to one of the songs from their glory days 'Last Night' and noticed the verses have an unusual bar count. They do 4 bars of 'C' 2 bars of 'Dm' and 2 bars of 'G.' Normally, this is where u would either repeat the section or move on to a different section but they threw on a couple of extra measures: a bar of 'Em' and a bar of 'Dm' making for a 10 bar progression. This isn't a trick that u want to do on every song but it's nice to have in yr arsenal. So if u r a songwriter try coming up with something that follows this form and maybe something good will come out of it.