A hook is something vastly different depending on what industry you're in.
If you're a fisherman, the hook is your livelihood.
If you're an actor or actress on Broadway, the hook is the absolute last thing you want to get. If you're Peter Pan, Hook is your arch enemy.
And if you're in the music business, a hook is, well, what exactly is a hook?
The truth is, the hook isn't one specific thing.
The hook is different from song to song, and sometimes it isn't clearly defined.
In the article below we will take a look at what a hook is in songwriting, and how to write them.
Continue to learn more.
Writing a Hit: Pop Song Dynamics and Structure
Are you looking at writing the next big hit pop song? Can you feel the melody and hook in your head and itching to get it down?
Or are you not sure exactly where to begin?
If you actively listen to pop music, there is a great chance you already understand the structure. You may just not be aware of it.
When writing and creating music, there will typically be sections where you slightly repeat previous parts of the song.
This doesn’t mean everything will be the same, but more so the feel will be similar.
Instead of explaining what a verse or chorus is when it typically repeats itself, it is more beneficial to break down the various parts of the track in general.
There are a ton of different strategies you can use when structuring a pop song, but this is a go-to by many songwriters.
Let's dive right into it!
How to Overcome Writer's Block
We've all been there.
We need to write.
The music needs to be written. The lyrics need to be finished. But for the past hour or so, you've just been sitting mindlessly in front of your computer.
The bright white screen and blinking cursor are just sitting there, taunting you. Or how many times have you put your pencil to paper and then quickly pulled away before making a single mark?
You've probably wasted time surfing the web and messing around on your phone. You've probably tweeted out to your followers about your #writersblock.
Chances are you're reading this right now because you're struggling with writer's block.
Don't feel bad, it's natural.
Every songwriter experiences writer's block. Your idols still experience it. That's the problem with creativity; we can't turn it on and off with a switch.
However, there are a few things that can knock us out of the funk.
If you're struggling to write right now, below are seven things you can do to try to snap out of it.
Steps to Take Before Your Next Music Industry
If you're reading this, odds are you have a big music project coming up. In the world of music, a "big project" can be many different things.
It could be something obvious like creating and releasing your new album.
Or, it could be something on a much smaller scale, like releasing a single and creating a music video for it.
What about planning and executing a regional tour, or a crowdfunding campaign to get your career started? These are huge projects.
Maybe you're on the other side of the operation, and your project is to set up your production company or home studio to market your services to musicians.
Simply put, a project is a goal with a set of tasks that has a definite beginning and end. Things like marketing and promoting your music aren't projects because they are both ongoing things.
However, setting up your website for promotion and a specific marketing campaign do count as projects.
Sure, planning can get a bit tedious and take some fun away.
However, if you take the time upfront to set up a solid plan for your project, things will go a lot smoother, and your idea will turn into a product as soon as possible.
Now let's take a look at a few things you should do in the planning process to ensure your project is a success.
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