If you look back to your favorite song, what do you think makes the track great? The beats or the lyrics involved? The answer lies in how your favorite song was produced. Every track has that thing that makes it great; that instinctive feeling makes you want to hear and dance to the beat.
An impeccable song structure is an important part of making great music. It also acts as a guide to making a great song. You can picture it as a road map to make some incredible beats or a melody. It is a path that tells you when and where to use certain instruments. When structuring, think of where the hook will come in, the chorus, and so on.
After you have a structure, you need to follow it up with well-written verses. At this point, you already have a guide. And your writing needs to flow in a way that follows the structure that you have established. It is more like filling in the blanks. Make your chorus is as melodic as possible so that it can stick to the listener’s mind.
The arrangement is mistaken with structure, but it is a different thing. When it comes to the arrangement, it is all about the ingredients of the song. It entails deciding on the best instruments to use. For instance, it could be rock, acoustic, or any other thing you think the listener will appreciate.
Some songs come out in two versions, a pop version, and a folk version. Ingrid Michaelson’s parachute is a perfect example of this, but what does it mean? It means that the song was released in two different arrangements to appeal to a wider audience.
As you can see, there is a lot of work that goes into great music. So long as you have the essentials at your disposal, there is no reason why you shouldn’t make good music. All you need to do is, focus on the structure, writing, and arrangement. Once you do this, the chances are that you’ll love it.