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Song writing Lesson.
Recipe for an easy blues song.
3 lines per verse. First and second lines are the same words.
The third line ends in a word that is a rhyme or near rhyme for the last word in the first lines.
The third line resolves or answers or somehow completes what was said in the previous 2 lines.
The first line is often about 12 syllables give or take a few syllables. The third line is about the same.
Classic example from John Lee Hooker
The chord structure shown can be used for many songs/
Here, I is a G, IV is a C and V is a D.
I read your (I) add this morning,
you said you want a real good man.
I read your (IV) add this morning,
you said you want a real good (I) man.
Now I’m (V)here for you honey and (IV) I wanna
know your (I) plan. (V)
Near rhyme – different song – same pattern:
If the river was whiskey and I was a diving duck. (x2)
I would swim to the bottom, drink my way back up.
Duck and up are NEAR RHYMES.
2 to 4 verses is a nice length
Songs often end by repeating a verse at the end.
Practice verses- you write the 3rd line:
I got a 3 string, a 4 string,
a deuce and a diddley bow. (x2)
3rd line has to end in a rhyme or near rhyme for bow.
So: The grass is gittin long, I gotta go out and mow.
Better: I got 4 cbgs and I want to build some more.
I got tuners from Gitty
and a tail piece made of brass. (x2)
I want to loop like bemuzic and pick like keni lee (x2)
I want a Brickdust haircut and a hat like Uncle John (x2)
Hope you get the idea, hope you have some fun.