Lyricology: Perfect Song Structure and Beat Selection!

Simple techniques for counting bars, song structure and beat selection for aspiring hip hop artists.
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

This course is designed to help aspiring hip-hop artists to perfect their understanding of song structure and how to pick out the best beats possible for their musical expression. This course will cover:

  • Counting your bars
  • The standard formats for a typical hip hop song
  • Basic concepts of rapping on beat
  • How to pick the best instrumentals for your sound
  • Feeling the music and using that to write more heartfelt music
  • Establishing a sound that fits the style you want to develop

This course is perfect for beginners, but I feel that ALL artists will be able to grab something from this course. My goal with this courses (and all of my courses) is to teach you these concepts, then get you to experiment with these concepts and develop your own unique style out of what you've learned. I want to pull you out of your comfort zone! I GUARANTEE that your skills will escalate to new levels through this course!

What are the requirements?

  • A metronome is preferred, but not required.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Count out beats and bars
  • Write perfectly structure songs
  • Recite lyrics perfectly to an instrumental
  • Select the best instrumentals for songwriting
  • Determine the speed of your instrumentals
  • Understand how to feel the music you're writing to
  • Find what fits you and the sound you desire

What is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for Hip Hop artists that don't have a solid understanding of beat structure and traditional songwriting. This course is also for artists that don't know which types of instrumentation to perform on, in addition to forming a connection with the music that they're making. No prior musical knowledge is needed for this course. You might not want to take this course if you're looking for advanced music structure techniques (for example: writing to different time signatures, multi-speed instrumentals, etc.)

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Curriculum

Section 1: Course Introduction
00:40

This lecture is set to prepare you for what we'll be covering in this course.

Section 2: Counting Bars
00:29

This is an introduction to the upcoming lecture.

12:03
  • This lecture will go over how to count out beats to form complete bars in an instrumental.
  • Students will be able to understand how bars are structured and apply counting techniques to every type of instrumental.
  • Students will also learn the importance of the use of a metronome in songwriting.
  • Students will learn why counting bars are an important aspect of songwriting.
4 questions

Students will be tested in their understanding of the lecture material.

Section 3: Song Structure
00:47

This is an introduction to the upcoming lecture.

08:10
  • This Lecture will go over the standard structure of hip hop music.
  • Students will learn the purpose of a verse, chorus, intro, outro, bridge and pre-chorus.
  • Students will learn the reason for using these elements in songwriting.
4 questions

Students will be tested in their understanding of the lecture material.

Section 4: Flow Basics
01:04

This is an introduction to the upcoming lecture.

06:48
  • This lecture will give a basic breakdown of what "flowing" is.
  • Students will know how to fill a bar with lyrics.
  • Students will know how to write full and partial bars.
18:14
  • This lecture will cover writing structure techniques know as couplets and quatrains.
  • Students will also get some small examples of future techniques that will be featured in upcoming courses.

There are 2 downloadable PDFs attached with this lecture.

3 questions

Students will be tested in their understanding of the lecture material.

Section 5: Beat Selection
00:27

This is an introduction to the upcoming lecture.

06:55
  • Students will understand how to determine the different types of instrumentals.
  • Students will learn BPMs (beats per minute)
  • Students will understand the speed associated with each type instrumentals.
  • Students will learn how the speed of an instrumental can effect their approach to songwriting.
4 questions

You will be quizzed on the previously covered materials.

Section 6: Understanding the tone of your instrumental
00:47

This is an introduction to the upcoming lecture.

04:25
  • This lecture will go over connecting with your instrumental.
  • Students will learn how to feel their instrumental.
  • Students will understand the meaning of tone in an instrumental.
  • Students will learn what happens when you don't fit the tone of an instrumental.
Section 7: Finding what fits you
00:34

This is an introduction to the upcoming lecture.

07:24
  • This lecture will go over finding the right instrumentals for your style.
  • Students will learn to open their mind for selecting different types of instrumentals.
  • Students will learn how to pick instrumentals that are GOOD for your sound.
  • Students will learn to find inspiration through different genres of music.
Section 8: Conclusion
04:32

This is review of all of the previously covered material.

10 questions

You will be tested on the all of previously covered material.

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Instructor Biography

Andre Gainer, Experimental Hip Hop Artist/Producer

I am an experimental hip-hop artist/producer from the Inland Empire, California. I have over 12 years of songwriting experience and over 15 years of production experience. I've released over 13 projects, as well as produced, engineered and ghost-written numerous other projects. I've played with bands and have developed my own wireless, self-DJing hip-hop stage show.

My hip-hop songwriting style encompasses extremely dense multi-syllable rhyming, metaphors and word play. I also incorporate complex themes and story telling. My overall style would be considered experimental.

My hip-hop production style encompasses heavy use of dense laying and sampling. I also incorporate loose, free form drums of varying styles. My overall style would be considered experimental.

I have over 3 years of teaching experience in all of the previously mentioned subjects.


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