If you've wandered a little around our website (thank you) you will have noticed our online course Songwriting:How To Write A Hit Song. The diagram included in this music blog post is one of the scores from that course.
One aspect of songwriting that we were highlighting in the lesson this score comes from is using high register chords and notes. Take a listen to this audio sample.
If you look at the score you'll notice that it's not exactly what you hear. All the elements are there but it's a slightly different arrangement. We do that a lot during our course to help various elements of songwriting stand out. In this particular piece we're creating a lot of separation between the main body of the song and some super high notes. You can see those notes in the score, Keys 1.
If you know a little about music you might wonder why those notes (Keys 1) are scored so high. Really, they could have been scored lower on the music staff and the '8va' symbol used to indicate that the line should be played an octave higher. That's true. But we scored it like this to create a visual representation of note separation. In music you'd call that a wide dynamic range.
Use this as inspiration for your own songwriting. Can you add extra atmosphere to a song by using an extreme register for your instrument? It doesn't have to just be high. You can go the opposite way and create something super low too!
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