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Form in Modern Pop

  • Exploring Modern Pop Form and Harmony
  • Composing a Pop Song

Form in Modern Pop

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Objectives 0:06
  • Verse/Chorus/Mid 8 or Bridge/Outro 0:17
    • Parts of a Pop Song
    • Some Similarities with Blues Forms
    • The 12 Bar Blues
    • Another Possible Pop Song Structure
    • Very General Pop Song Structure
  • Pre-Chorus 2:07
    • What is a Pre-Chorus
    • What a Pre-Chorus Does
    • Finding A Pre-Chorus
    • Write a Pre-Chorus
    • Use the Circle of Fifths
    • Use Common Tones
    • Ways to Find Chords for Pre-Chorus
  • Pop Instrumentation 8:19
    • Typical Pop Instruments
    • Ballad
  • Tempo: BPM = 116 9:19
    • Beats Per Minute
    • Different BPMs
    • How to Find 116BPM
  • Example I: Analyze Someone Like You, Adele 10:02
  • Example II: Someone Like You -cont.- 14:25
  • Example III: Someone Like You -cont.- 16:01
  • Example IV: Someone Like You -cont.- 20:52