Hit Song Deconstruction: Analyze A Hit Song!
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Hit Song Deconstruction: Analyze A Hit Song!

Learn how to examine a hit song utilizing a specified criteria to understand the building blocks that make a hit song.
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Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
158 students enrolled
Last updated 11/2014
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What Will I Learn?
  • Analyze a hit song in 30 minutes or less.
  • Understand BPM of a song.
  • Spot the meter of a song.
  • Recognize the formula of a song.
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  • No previous music experience, no previous knowledge, and without ever having played an instrument!!!!

Hit Song Deconstruction is designed to show you how to analyze the inner workings of a hit song. You will learn specific tools and techniques to help you examine the basic building blocks that went into giving the song its hit quality. Ever wonder how a hit song is built? In Hit Song Deconstruction you can master the art of analyzing a composition quickly:

  • Learn the song sections
  • Recognize the instrumentation
  • Discover the formula
  • Participate in a live deconstruction of a hit song.

Well-known producers and songwriters use this technique all the time to assist in creating songs with radio quality production. This a great course for beginner songwriters and producers or anyone who has a desire to learn how to analyze a hit song. I designed this course so that absolute beginners could have the tools to analyze a hit song - without any assistance upon completion of the course.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who has a love for hit songs and who would love to deconstruct a hit song.
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Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:50

This lecture is a brief overview of the course and what it will entail. A few topics that will be covered in the course as well.

  • Music Production Tutorials
  • Music Production Tips
  • Hip Hop Production Tutorials
  • Music Production Video Tutorials
Preview 01:50
1 Lecture 01:51

This lecture discusses the idea of using the framework of hit song. It also discusses how frameworks are useful for a producer or songwriter's own songs.

  • Music Production Tips & Techniques
  • Music Production Tips from the Pros
  • Electronic Music Production Tips
Preview 01:51
1 Lecture 07:07

This lecture discusses the two different concepts of listening. It also discusses why active listening is important in music production.

  • Music Active Listening
  • Music Listening Websites
  • Music Listening Skills
  • Music Appreciation
  • Best Music Listening Sites
Preview 07:07
1 Lecture 07:03

This lecture is about understanding the formula behind hit songs. A detailed look at what gives a song hit factor.

  • Hit Songwriting Techniques
  • Music Formula 1
  • Music Production Skills
  • Popular Music Formula
  • Formula One Music
  • Music Formula Math
  • Music Theory
  • Formula Radio
What's A Formula?
1 Lecture 07:12

This lecture details what a music producer or songwriter should listen for in a hit song. It details how to dissect a song.

  • Music Active Listening
  • Formula Radio
  • Song Analysis
  • Music Analysis
  • Song Analysis Example
  • Song Analysis Project
What To Listen For?
1 Lecture 05:17

This lecture discusses what symbols and concepts are used to keep time in music. It also discusses what timing concepts are most common in hit songs.

  • Music Meter and Tempo Tracking
  • Music Tempo
  • Music Meter Definition
  • Music Meter Online
  • Music Metre
What's Meter?
1 Lecture 04:31

This lecture discusses what BPM is and how it is used in hit songwriting and production. It also discusses what BPM are common in hit songwriting and production.

  • BPM Music
  • BPM Music Charts
  • BPM Database
  • BPM Tutorial
  • BPM Top Songs
  • BPM Music Playlist
  • BPM Workout Music
  • BPM Playlist
What's BPM?
1 Lecture 04:15

This lecture discusses key signatures and how they are used in music. It also discusses what keys are common in hit songwriting and production.

  • Music Key Definition
  • Music Key Symbols
  • Music Key Signatures
  • Music Key Chart
  • Music Key Finder
  • Music Notes Key
  • Music Key YouTube
What's Key?
1 Lecture 03:10

This lecture discusses the definition of vocal range. It also discusses the vocal range most common in hit songwriting and production.

  • Vocal Range Chart
  • Vocal Range of Famous Singers
  • Vocal Range Test
  • Mariah Carey Vocal Range
  • Average Vocal Range
  • Freddie Mercury Vocal Range
  • Expand Vocal Range
  • Vocal Range Crossword
What's Vocal Range?
1 Lecture 04:15

This lecture discusses the two types of drum recordings common in hit songwriting and production.

  • Hip Hop Drum Samples
  • Hip Hop Drum Loops
  • Drum Patterns
  • Drum Beats
  • Drum Set Rhythms
  • Drum Rhythms Online
  • African Drum Rhythms
  • Hand Drum Rhythms
  • Drum Rhythms For Beginners
  • Snare Drum Rhythms
What Is Drum Rhythm?
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About the Instructor
Richard Smith-Beverly
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299 Students
2 Courses
Singer-Songwriter,Music Producer, & Teacher

Richard Smith-Beverly is currently a private instructor at the Napoli School of Music and Dance where he has taught hundreds of students lessons in piano, voice, composition, violin, and guitar. The school honored him this year with a plaque for 8 years of outstanding teaching at Napoli. Richard earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he trained extensively arranging for big band, small chamber orchestra, small ensembles, and studied commercial production and songwriting under commercial composer Chuck Butler. In addition, Richard studied for four years at the Baltimore School for the Arts where he received much of his early music education. “I started teaching as a way to give back – for all the knowledge, training, and education that I’d been given over the years,” says Richard. Richard began his teaching career in 2005 at GEGISOM (Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music) in the inner-city of Philadephia. In 2006, Richard was hired as a Media Tech at The Entertainment Source, LLC in Jenkintown, Pa creating music charts for the different company wedding/party bands, updating the company website periodically, as well as creating promotional content and brochures. Richard went on to teach at the Napoli School of Music and Dance in the prestigious Mainline of Philadephia. He became very well-known and well-trained as a private instructor and in 2007 began teaching private in-home lessons in the suburbs of Pennsylvania for Musika Lessons, LLC – a company based out of New York. In 2007, Richard was also hired as a bass soloist for Trinity Church Oxford in the Northeast of Philadelphia and sang there for several years. That same year Richard was also instrumental in helping to create a Music Program for elementary school children that was hosted on Saturdays at Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadephia. “I love teaching because it gives me a different kind of euphoria than when I’m performing,” says Richard. “Helping my students create goals for themselves and seeing them achieve those goals is very rewarding. It gives me great satisfaction when I teach a student specific techniques and seeing them apply those techniques in their own musical experience. The most gratifying experience of teaching is seeing my students grow as musicians – many of my students had their first musical training with me and to see and experience their progression over the years is the best,” says Richard. In his leisure time Richard enjoys day trips to New York for attending Broadway shows or music concerts. He has travelled to the West Coast for vacations to Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Richard has also travelled to cities in the North East including Boston, Massachusetts and Providence in Rhode Island. On a recent trip to New York Richard had the immense pleasure of meeting six-time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald.