Song Structure Masterclass

Song structure is much more than organising your verse & chorus. At its root, it is 'the balance of the movement of energy throughout your track'.

Mastering this and all the assosiated skills will make your tracks come alive with emotional energy, and be as engaging as a good story.

This is the secret to great music!


  • Any genre, any DAW

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35 Lessons - Over 4.5 hours

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Learn the art of energy manipulation that leads to songs that keep your audience captivated


Learn to create complexity out of simplicity, and make entire, evolving musical stuctures


Learn to understand the fundamentals that dictate how your song should be arranged in any genre


Understand how to take a listener on a journey with tension and release and keep them drawn in

Make an emotional connection with your audience, keep them wanting more, so they listen over & over


Make the sections of your track 'pop' and become even more impactful


Understand other producers' work and learn how to analyse different song structures


Master transitions with a balanced approach and keep the energy of your tracks flowing

Total course length 4 Hours 48 Mins - 35 Lessons of Pro Arranging Skills

Course Modules

Module 1 - What Really is Song Structure?: 

In this first module you will learn the basics, like; What the different sections are that you can use, how they fit together, which order should they go in etc. But much more than this, we will start laying the ground work for a deeper understading of what it is to arrange a track that makes someone not want to stop listening and keeps them coming back for more.

You will learn how energy is much more important than the names of the different sections and you will start to understand how it is possible to use this deeper understnading to make better, more gripping music.

Module 2 - Harmonic Song Structure:

This section is comprehensive. You will not only learn techniques for coming up with interesting and beautiful chord progressions and melodies. You will learn how to manipulate the musical structure of your songs to create variation and keep the listener pulled into your track.

Emotional content is key to creating a bond between your music and the listener and in this module you will learn how to exploit this bond with simple techniques. Varying the harmonics and creating a sense of emotional ups and downs to take the listener on a journey is a key aspect to song writing.

Module 3 - Physical Structure of Your Arrangement:

Next up we’ll look at the physical structure of your arrangements; how long should each section last? When should you add movement to your song? How to add movement through modulation, which edit should you work on first etc.

Also, as inspiration is so paramount to making good music you will even learn techniques on how to get creative with your tracks, how to come up with ideas and new sections, even how to recognise inspiration when it comes knocking and also how to analyse other producers work to see how they do it.

Module 4 - Understanding Tension & Release: 

We then deep dive into one of the most misunderstood, but vital topics of good song structure, which is: tension and release, and how it plays a pivotal roll in keeping the listener of your track pulled into your music. You will notice, as you progress through the course, how tension and release is woven into the entire fabric of the tutorial from the harmonic structure to creating massive build ups, to the overall energy curves of your tracks.

Seriously, to make great songs, you need to understand this in it's entirety, and in this course, you will do exactly that.

Module 5 - Creating Contrast in Your Arrangements:

Much like in photography where you can play with the contrast of an image to make it seem more life like; in music you can do the same thing by creating contrast between the different sections of your track. Here you will learn the many techniques and approaches available to you to make the sections of your tracks stand out.

We look at this in terms of melody, rhythm, effects and even advanced processing to create contrast. This helps your song 'pop' or stand out and can help convey the importance of the message of your song on a section by section basis.

Module 6 - Transitioning in Song Arrangement:

In the last module we look in depth at transitions; why it is so important to approach them with a focus on balance between the different sections and the overall energy of your track. We also look at the many different ways in which you can create them.

You will learn about using the standard risers, cymbals, fills, rolls and other SFX sounds but we also dive into how to create transitions out of the existing elements of your tracks through more advanced editing techniques, and even further we look into using plug in FX to create transitions that have never been heard before.

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Watch Lesson 3

The Basics - Order Of The Sections:

Here you learn the basics of song structure and which order you might want the sections of your tracks.

Watch Lesson 18

What Are The Attributes Of A Great Song?:

Here you learn what makes a song great. What is the secret to great song arangement?

Watch Lesson 21

Tension & Release Intro

In this video you learn the simple truth behind tension and release, which is: Any tension you create, must be balanced by the energy released.

"To make a long story short, your courses are the best music-related investment I have ever made!".

Gunner

"These guys are going to save me hundreds of hours of frustration and my resulting music is going to sound infinitely better"

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Jon Merritt (producer & founder of Born To Produce) has been making tunes for over 18 years and has been teaching for the last 8 of them. In his career he has come to grips with many genres of modern music from Hard House to Downtempo. His skill in music production has been crafted over many years of self taught experimentation and learning from other producers at the top of their game. He has tried almost every angle on most production techniques so when he teaches you something you know it has been tried and tested. He is always willing to learn new skills / software that further the goal of music production.

Get in contact any time to give feedback, ask for help or just say hello. Use the contact form HERE




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Song Structure Masterclass

Song structure is much more than organising your verse & chorus. At its root, it is 'the balance of the movement of energy throughout your track'.

Mastering this and all the assosiated skills will make your tracks come alive with emotional energy, and be as engaging as a good story.

This is the secret to great music!


  • Any genre, any DAW

Instant Download

35 Lessons - Over 4.5 hours

Sold out

Total course length 4 Hours 48 Mins - 35 Lessons of Pro Arranging Skills

Course Modules

Module 1 - What Really is Song Structure?: 

In this first module you will learn the basics, like; What the different sections are that you can use, how they fit together, which order should they go in etc. But much more than this, we will start laying the ground work for a deeper understading of what it is to arrange a track that makes someone not want to stop listening and keeps them coming back for more.

You will learn how energy is much more important than the names of the different sections and you will start to understand how it is possible to use this deeper understnading to make better, more gripping music.

Module 2 - Harmonic Song Structure:

This section is comprehensive. You will not only learn techniques for coming up with interesting and beautiful chord progressions and melodies. You will learn how to manipulate the musical structure of your songs to create variation and keep the listener pulled into your track.

Emotional content is key to creating a bond between your music and the listener and in this module you will learn how to exploit this bond with simple techniques. Varying the harmonics and creating a sense of emotional ups and downs to take the listener on a journey is a key aspect to song writing.

Module 3 - Physical Structure of Your Arrangement:

Next up we’ll look at the physical structure of your arrangements; how long should each section last? When should you add movement to your song? How to add movement through modulation, which edit should you work on first etc.

Also, as inspiration is so paramount to making good music you will even learn techniques on how to get creative with your tracks, how to come up with ideas and new sections, even how to recognise inspiration when it comes knocking and also how to analyse other producers work to see how they do it.

Module 4 - Understanding Tension & Release: 

We then deep dive into one of the most misunderstood, but vital topics of good song structure, which is: tension and release, and how it plays a pivotal roll in keeping the listener of your track pulled into your music. You will notice, as you progress through the course, how tension and release is woven into the entire fabric of the tutorial from the harmonic structure to creating massive build ups, to the overall energy curves of your tracks.

Seriously, to make great songs, you need to understand this in it's entirety, and in this course, you will do exactly that.

Module 5 - Creating Contrast in Your Arrangements:

Much like in photography where you can play with the contrast of an image to make it seem more life like; in music you can do the same thing by creating contrast between the different sections of your track. Here you will learn the many techniques and approaches available to you to make the sections of your tracks stand out.

We look at this in terms of melody, rhythm, effects and even advanced processing to create contrast. This helps your song 'pop' or stand out and can help convey the importance of the message of your song on a section by section basis.

Module 6 - Transitioning in Song Arrangement:

In the last module we look in depth at transitions; why it is so important to approach them with a focus on balance between the different sections and the overall energy of your track. We also look at the many different ways in which you can create them.

You will learn about using the standard risers, cymbals, fills, rolls and other SFX sounds but we also dive into how to create transitions out of the existing elements of your tracks through more advanced editing techniques, and even further we look into using plug in FX to create transitions that have never been heard before.

FREE lessons from the course

"To make a long story short, your courses are the best music-related investment I have ever made!".

Gunner

Sold out

Jon Merritt (producer & founder of Born To Produce) has been making tunes for over 18 years and has been teaching for the last 8 of them. In his career he has come to grips with many genres of modern music from Hard House to Downtempo. His skill in music production has been crafted over many years of self taught experimentation and learning from other producers at the top of their game. He has tried almost every angle on most production techniques so when he teaches you something you know it has been tried and tested. He is always willing to learn new skills / software that further the goal of music production.

Get in contact any time to give feedback, ask for help or just say hello. Use the contact form HERE




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