Sunday, 24 August 2014

Ticket 61: Don't Bore Us, Get To The Weirdness

If your song has something really unique consider using it in the first 20 seconds. Got an unusual instrument, weird riff or complex time signature? Resist the temptation to introduce it gradually. Grab your listener with the cool stuff right out of the gate.

Honey Pie (Cm 2nd bar Eb7 3rd bar)
Martha My Dear (key and time signature)
Strawberry Fields Forever (mellotron and out of key chords)


Everything In It's Right Place - drumless weird time signatures (Radiohead)
Goodnight Girl – jazz chord intro (Wet Wet Wet)
Living On A Prayer - talk box (Bon Jovi)
Pyramid Song - drumless weird time signatures (Radiohead)

See also

Ticket 25: Transplant Cliches From Other Genres
Ticket 37: The Lennon Edit
Ticket 42: Have A Completely Unique Concept For The Song
Ticket 49: Employ Madrigalism
Ticket 52: The Lennon Extension
Ticket 53: Write A 'Jazz-Style Intro' Verse

See the full list of songwriting tips here - Tickets To Write

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