How to Write A Song: Creating Effective Choruses | Songwriting | Tips & Techniques

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In this free songwriting tutorial, Berklee professor Jimmy Kachulis teaches you how to write a song using tips and techniques for creating effective choruses.

Master songwriter Jimmy Kachulis has analyzed thousands of hits, identifying the structures and patterns that work best, and why. In his Writing Hit Songs course, he’ll share the techniques successful writers use to craft vivid, memorable songs and help you do the same. Whether you’re a relative beginner or an experienced songwriter, you’ll learn how to brainstorm ideas, overcome writer’s block, and express yourself more effectively in words and music. Combining technical principles with pure creative expression, this hands-on course will help you find your voice, sharpen your craft, and create songs listeners will appreciate and remember.

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Learn techniques for writing original songs in a variety of musical styles—techniques that have propelled Berklee alumni to write number one songs and win Grammy Awards. In this program, you will develop skills to create song structures, harmonies, melodies, and lyrics that support and enhance the ideas that you want to express. Through listening and analysis, you will be able to recognize and discuss quality elements in musical and lyrical structures. You will learn arranging techniques that support the style and structure of a song with appropriate instrumentation. You will develop your own voice as a songwriter and learn to write more effectively and efficiently, whether by yourself or in collaboration with other songwriters.

Jimmy Kachulis teaches songwriting and lyric writing at Berklee, conducts clinics nationwide, and has helped thousands of songwriters develop and maximize their skills. Look through the bios of some of today’s best songwriters, and his name comes up again and again; his students’ works have earned Grammy nominations, and been recorded by a vast range of artists on major and independent labels. An accomplished composer, arranger and conductor, he has worked with great artists like George Coleman, Jon Hendricks, John Lewis and Martha Reeves, and his compositions have been featured on scores from The Sopranos to Touched By An Angel. Jimmy’s songs and arrangements for “Island Breeze”, by legendary guitarist, Eric Gale, have been re-released and distributed worldwide under the Warner Brothers label.

How to Write A Song | Songwriting | Tips & Techniques | Free Tutorial


s m says:

Please talk but no singing!!!!

Matic Kotnik says:

Best tenor ever 🙂

Sabrina Pena Young says:

Another great video! Thanks!

Earthling says:

It's got to be said (and has been), where on earth did you develop that VERY odd (and absolutely terrible) singing voice? It doesn't even reflect your speaking voice at all. And yes, it did have to be said because it must be the worst attempt at singing I have heard in my life and that's saying something. Hilariously entertaining though. 🙂

Ralfi Reps says:

great teacher

KP Only says:

wow, this one is actually helpful.

Jackson Elmore says:

All music ever created is bad… It's not good. Music is not a valid art form.

Kristopher Williams says:

you're awesome

Jonnie Luscombe says:

not sure i can tune out the singing jimmy —- take some lessons?

Crystal Dennis Music says:

Man I've been trying so hard to write songs and none of the concepts clicked til I saw this and your chord progressions video. Great teaching, can't wait to use these tips.

TheWinterShadow says:

Good lesson, thanks.

Jerome Cat says:

Lol, I guess it´s diffrent from person to person, but I don´t use all that theory, I just play stuff that sounds cool & start rhyming with pure emotions.

EnocK says:

he reminds me of Kevin Spacey

Gerardo Gerardo says:

Thank you Jimmy for your tips! Cheers, G 😀 London

Devin Jones says:

Great video

Devin J says:

Some cringey songs used as examples, but good lesson overall.

Brian Moyer says:

Love these Berklee videos, they are definitely helpful!

eerereps says:

This is amazing, though in my opinion, I don't really think the original writers considered all these 'guidelines' as they came up with the songs… I believe it just flowed out of them. So take these 'analyses' very abstractly, rather than concrete "rules" you must follow.

vshyam121 says:

Wow I was trying to make an existing chorus of mine better and this two-section concept totally gave me the change it needed.

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