How To Create That Hook! (your song’s chorus)
Now that you all have a good idea on how to come up with your band
Name, now it’s time to get down to it. Everyone that writes a song wants
It to go as far as it can and to reach as many people as it can, but how do you
Write that “hit song?” There are many ways this can be accomplished, but
The BEST sure way is to know how to make your HOOK or CHORUS stand
Out and be catchy! The key here is to be CATCHY! So how do you do that?
First off what type of song do you want to write and sing about? If you are
Writing a song about falling in love, then you want to express your point
To your fans. Words like. “I’m just in love with a man” Doesn’t truly
Express your meaning, but if you write “I’m in love again, this man I’m
In love again.” That tells more of your point. Now back to the hook.
Normally hooks are about 8 bars to 16 bars long, but here is a difference.
A 8 bar hook you don’t have to use a hook lift to introduce your next verse,
But you can, however in a sixteen bar hook, you need to have a lift into
The next verse. There are exceptions, like house music and instrumentals.
We will get into how to musically arrange your hook in the next blog and
Segment, but for now let’s focus on the writing.
In Usher’s song “Moving Mountains” his hook he wrote simple, but with
Great artistic expression. “But I keep climbing and hoping things would change,
then the sky turns grey, and the water from the rain
washes progress away. It's like moving mountains.
It's like moving mountains.” The words but I keep climbing and hoping things would
Change, to the rain washes progress away is the lift into the hook. Then it’s like
Moving mountains is the first part of the hook then the next part of the hook
Is “Why you just leave me. Just leave me be.
Just leave me. Just leave me be.
Why you just leave me. Just leave me be,
why you just leave me. Just leave me be.” How he just kept it simple but VERY MEANIFUL. I love this song. It really touches the hearts to all who are really in
love, but the other partner won’t do the work to make it work. Now his hook in this
song is actually 32 bars from the first verse, and it starts “I know sorries, just wouldn't do it. Her heart is
obliterated. I'm trying to travel through, but
it's like moving mountains. It's like moving mountains,
hey” but this is rare and doesn’t need to be done, but GREAT SONGWRITERS AND
PRODUCERS know how to make this work! My advice is to use a 16 bar hook if
You are starting out with your song writing. 16 bar hooks are always CATCHY and it keeps the listener in tune with you.
Now in Fall Out Boy’s song Dance, Dance. Their hook is this. “Dance, dance. Were're falling apart to half time.
Dance, dance, and these are the lives you love to lead.
Dance, this is the way they'd love. If they knew
misery loved me”. This hook is again only 8 bars, but it explains the story about
asking a girl you like to dance with you. Genus! Let me know of your song content
and I will help you structure it! A hit song is worth its way beyond gold but diamond multi platinum so let me know. Till then!
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