Rhymes for Song Lyrics | AAAA

Not really sure what you should do with the
rhyme scheme of the verse of your next song? A little afraid that you use the same rhyme
scheme over and over? Or that the rhyme you’re using doesn’t really
work? Or maybe that you’re rhyming too much? Stay tuned because I’m going to help. Hi, I’m Heather Greenslade with the Singer
Songwriting School. For the best tips of songwriting, subscribe
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when I post a new video. This is just one video in my series all about
rhyming in verses, so make sure you check out the other ones too. In this video I’m talking about the AAAA rhyme
scheme, which obviously means that every single rhyme in the verse matches all
the other lines in the verse. So, here are a few examples. (singing). (singing). This is arguably the most simplistic rhyme
pattern you can come up with, but it doesn’t stop me from absolutely adoring this song. I love it. So, she rhymes ocean with motion, open, and
explosion, they all rhyme. (singing). (singing). So, once again, four lines that all rhyme
together. Dark, stars, heart, far. I’ve never seen Pink in concert before and
I’m dying to. And I know I’m going to want to learn how
to do all that ribbon stuff as soon as I do, even more than I now want to. (singing). (singing). Okay, I love this song but there’s something
that really jumps out at me. She rhymes dust with love, with one, with
weapons, but in order to make it work she has to say weapons. My lyric writing professor at Berklee, Pat
Pattison, he’s a master, he would be so … That was the way you set the lyrics, called the
prosody, do you have to change the way you would naturally speak a word in order to set
it to a lyric to make it work in the rhyme scheme. And she really had to in this one. That was only the first half of the verse,
the verses in this song have eight lines. She did AAAA in the first half, but then in
the second half she changed the rhyme to bad and flags, so a B rhyme, and then came back
to dust and one, which were not only A rhymes, but actually words from the first half of
the verse. You can combine different rhyme patterns in
one verse, if it’s a longer verse. That’s a pretty easy one, throw that in the
toolbox. Sometime when you sit down to write a song,
can’t decide what to do, just rhyme, rhyme, rhyme, rhyme. Next. Sometimes it’s hard to get started writing
because you can’t quite think of a topic for your next song. So I have a freebie for you, down the description
of this video, Six Strategies for Creating Limitless Song Titles. Can you think of another song that follows
the AAAA rhyme scheme? Let me know in the comments below, I would
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8 thoughts on “Rhymes for Song Lyrics | AAAA

  1. Prosody. Ooooohhh, that's a new concept for me. You're so very, very good at teaching; thank you! 🙂

  2. Great how you reference the songs to follow and help understand the subject matter!

  3. Love these examples! Great video, you're so good at analyzing songs! Cheers!

  4. It seems to me that everything goes. You don't need to feel restricted in what words to chose for a song.

  5. My girlfriends mom saw P!nk live! Definitely make it out if you can. She got some video and it looked awesome

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