Whether it’s a romantic ballad or a club banger, every piece of music takes the
listener on a journey through time. One of the challenges we face as
musicians is turning initial ideas into a properly finished track that’ll keep
listeners reaching for the replay button. An arrangement is the way we ‘map
out’ our sonic journey, and in the world of pop, at least, it’s made from sections
that most songwriters traditionally employ. This formula had proven to be
successful time and time again for decades, but what makes each section
Short for introduction, the intro is the first part of the song you hear, its
purpose being to set up the song and lead into the verse section. It might be a
build up starting with just one or two elements of the ain backing track, or
maybe the chorus chords with vocal ad-libs over the top.
The verse where is the main back story of the lyric generally happens, filling in
background information to set up the chorus lyric. Unlike the bridge and
chorus sections of a song, verse lyrics are usually unique to each verse, like
stanzas of a poem.
The bridge (also known as the pre-chorus) is the section that forms a link
between the verse and chorus. If the chords are the same in the verse and
chorus, the bridge can have a new chord progression making the chords in the
chorus sound fresher.
The chorus is the most often repeated part of the song and it is where we hear
the hook or standout moment in a song. Lyrically and musically it contains the
main idea of what the song is about. Most choruses are 8 bars long but often
they are doubled to 16 bars especially the second or third time around.
Also known as the bridge in the U.S . The middle eight is the part of the song
where there is a change of pace. Certain instruments drop out and new ideas
might be introduced such as lyrical content or melody. The middle eight acts
as a rest before we are reintroduced to the chorus again.
The outro is the final piece of a song (as you probably guessed). Usually it is
the chorus repeated three or more times and faded out. Although in some
instances the outro can be a whole new section.
A typical Pop arrangement: