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In last month’s column, I discussed my songwriting process, using the track “War Torn Johnny,” from the Krantz Carlock Lefebvre album, as a case study. As I explained, my overall approach to composing music is pretty much in line with a standard pop-style songwriting approach of developing intros, verses, pre-choruses, choruses and bridges (every song is, of course, a little different), and “War Torn Johnny” was constructed along these lines. This month, I’d like to present the tune’s bridge section.
This month, I’d like to address the sometimes tricky process of songwriting. Most of my songs start as a germ of an idea that comes to me during an improvisation. I’ll have a cool little nugget of “stuff” that catches my interest enough that I am inspired to investigate it further and perhaps forge a composition from it.
Last month I addressed the time-honored routine of practicing to a metronome and detailed what I consider to be the most beneficial way to work with a “click,” as the device is also called. As you recall, the approach involves recording then listening back to yourself playing along with a click. This is an essential part of the learning process in that it is the only way to objectively assess, without the mental preoccupation/distraction, the manner in which you relate to the mechanized beat.