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Following up on our series of blog posts addressing song forms, in this article, we go deeper into one of the most important traditional forms - AAB. AAB is also called the 12-Bar Blues and it is widely used in popular rock and blues songs. The AAB usually refers to Verse, Verse, Refrain. Each of these sections would span 4 bars of length summing upto a total of 12 bars, hence the name - 12 Bar Blues. This article describes the fundamentals of the form further explaining its structure and usage by giving appropriate examples. http://www.songstuff.com/song-writing/article/aab-song-form/ Be sure to share and like the article if you find it useful. If you have any questions, feel free to discuss it on the Songstuff Community Forums.
Following up on the previous blog post about song form overview, let us dive deeper into one of the most basic songforms used in popular music - strophic songform. The strophic song form may also be referred to as the "AAA" songform or the One-Part songform. This means to say that the various sections of the song would follow a common theme or structure throughout. Many classical songs from the 17th century follow this structure though the strophic form has been dated back to much earlier when poems were set to music. The following article gives insight to this song form, its structure and examples to go with it. It also includes a few tips to keep the songs written in this manner a little more interesting. http://www.songstuff.com/song-writing/article/song-form-guide-aaa/ Be sure to share and like the article if you find it useful. If you have any questions, feel free to discuss it on the Songstuff Community Forums.
Most songs written in popular music follow song forms. Song forms are structures containing various sections that may or may not be repeated within the song. Though there are a number of traditional song forms that are used commony, a song form may also be derived from existing ones to suit the need. Some of the most common song forms may include the strophic form (AAA), the 12-bar blues form (AAB), the 32-bar form (AABA) and so on. It is very important for any songwriter to have knowledge of the various song forms and its application in order to write more sensibly and to express themselves better. Pat Pattinson, a professor at Berklee College of Music once said "There are no rules to songwriting, only tools". Aptly, the following article gives you an overview to be able to use its knowledge where needed. http://www.songstuff.com/song-writing/article/song-form-overview/ Be sure to share and like the article if you find it useful. If you have any questions, feel free to discuss it on the Songstuff Community Forums.