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EXPRESSING YOURSELF Expressing yourself through music is like story

telling. Taking the listener on a journey with you, making them feel how you felt at the moment. You

want to take the listener on a mental high. All songs have a story line or theme.

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Most of the time you can tell the genre of a song (rock, pop, country or r&b) by the beat and rhythm of the song. Sometime it can vary once you put the words to it.

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MELODYThe melody is the tune of the song that you sing or

play. The best melodies are considered to be "catchy". This typically means that the melody is memorable, which should be the desired effect

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Beat and Rhythm The beat of a song is what "drives" the listener to "feel"

the song (fast or slow). It is also referred to as the tempo (speed) of the song. Because music stirs our emotions, we often are drawn to a song because of the beat. The rhythm on the other hand, is the beat that the various instruments (drums, bass, guitar and keys) create.

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the hook is the part of the song that you just can't get out of your head. It sort of "sticks" to your thought process, sometimes, even if you like it or not. All great (if not memorable) songs have great hooks. Plus sticks because its repeated multiple times in the song.

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Song Writing 101