Have you always wanted to rap but don't know where to start? Most new students have one of two struggles. Either they don't feel confident in their abilities and scare themselves out of starting, or they don't know what to do and don't start. In this short course, I hope we can get past both of those blocks and help you transition into a new hobby.
I made this short course to help you write your first rap verse in under an hour. We'll quickly go through the basics, then get you writing and reciting! Be ready to do the work, so you can get the most out of it. Perfectionism is overrated, you just need a starting point!
If you've already been rapping for a while, you may find the concepts a bit basic. This is meant for those who have never rapped before, so they can get a starting point. That being said, you may still find a few useful pieces of information and I encourage you to join anyway!
In this video, we talk about how to prepare for writing your first verse. Mainly, getting your mindset right!
This lecture is about understanding what an acapella verse is. We also cover a few places to get inspiration before starting.
Attached is a spreadsheet which will help you easily put together your first verse. Use it to follow along as you go through the next lessons.
In this video we talk about the structure of writing a rap verse, and the relation to poetry.
In this less we'll cover how to count syllables so you can write lines more efficiently.
A short quiz to test your ability to count syllables and help you practice.
Coming up with a rap topic can be hard. In this video, we cover a few topics to pick from as well as one sure way to end up with an idea.
It can be challenging to rhyme every line. Luckily, there are a few strategies you can use to make rhyming easier as you start out.
This lecture covers one method for writing your verse. Here, you brainstorm ideas then outline them to fill in the blanks.
In this video we talk about a second way to write your verse. Here, you build each line on the one before it.
It can occasionally be difficult to start writing. If you're stuck, try this exercise for crushing writer's block.
Memorizing your lines makes them much easier to perform. Here we talk about the importance of that concept.
Now that you've written a verse it's time to perform it. Here are a few quick tips for improving your delivery.
Now that your verse is done, it's time to get some feedback! Here's a quick framework for digesting useful feedback.
Here I share an example verse that I wrote for you all to digest. It wouldn't be fair if I only made you do it!
Here are a few more resources for you to continue learning about rap.
There are two main focuses to my work - The psychology of happiness and rap music. A little different, but that's what I know the most about! I'd love to have you join thousands of my other students.
I studied psychology at the University of Utah and ever since then I've been interested in what creates happy, productive, friendly individuals. Over the last 6 years, I've cultivated an understanding of some of these principles and I'm happy to share them with you now.
Want to find out more? Check out my site, How To Happy
"Best rap advice ever this helped me so much thank you" - Quote from an early student
I am also a rap and poetry coach that would love to help you take your lyricism and talents to the next level.
I have been rapping for over 10 years and teaching rap for 5 years. I've won several awards for both rap and poetry. For the last 4 years, I've been running a how to rap channel on Youtube that provides various tips and tricks for aspiring artists.
If there's ever anything I can do to help you, please let me know.