Song Tip Tuesday #11 – Song Tempo

Sometimes the verse to a song feels perfect at one tempo, but a chorus or bridge doesn’t feel as comfortable at that same tempo. When this happens, it is time for a trial and error approach to find a common speed or tempo that fits both sections. The key to doing this is knowing the lyric pace of your songs two sections. Speak each section to the same even beat till you find the tempo that works for both. 

A difference in lyric pace between the sections of a song is not uncommon in writing songs. And, there are many songs where the verse/chorus/bridge are at different tempos. Listen to Live and Let Die, by Paul and Linda McCartney as an example of one such song.  

The art of writing is rewriting! 

Randy Klein