How are pop songs constructed?

In this lesson, we will learn all about the different sections in a song structure. We will learn how to play a complete pop song, and then structure our own pop songs in a digital audio workstation.

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.How many notes are in a triad?

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Q2.How can you work out a triad on a keyboard?

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Q3.What are the primary triads in roman numerals?

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Q4.What are the three secondary triads in C major?

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Q5.What does the 'm' in Dm mean?

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Q6.What is a semitone?

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Q7.What does this symbol mean?

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Q8.What chord and instrument does this show?

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Q9.What does syncopated mean?

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Q10.What is the accompaniment?

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.How many notes are in a triad?

1/10

Q2.How can you work out a triad on a keyboard?

2/10

Q3.What are the primary triads in roman numerals?

3/10

Q4.What are the three secondary triads in C major?

4/10

Q5.What does the 'm' in Dm mean?

5/10

Q6.What is a semitone?

6/10

Q7.What does this symbol mean?

7/10

Q8.What chord and instrument does this show?

8/10

Q9.What does syncopated mean?

9/10

Q10.What is the accompaniment?

10/10

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Quiz:

How can we play in a virtual band?

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.What is structure in music?

1/10

Q2.What do you call the catchy section of a song that repeats, with the same lyrics each time?

2/10

Q3.What do you call the sections of a song that repeat, with different lyrics?

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Q4.What do you call the beginning of a song or piece of music?

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Q5.What is a contrasting section that prepares us for the chorus again?

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Q6.What is the correct order of a typical song structure?

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Q7.Where would you find a pre chorus?

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Q8.What parts are the accompaniment?

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Q9.How can you vary the accompaniment?

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Q10.What is 'strumming'?

10/10

This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

How can we play in a virtual band?

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.What is structure in music?

1/10

Q2.What do you call the catchy section of a song that repeats, with the same lyrics each time?

2/10

Q3.What do you call the sections of a song that repeat, with different lyrics?

3/10

Q4.What do you call the beginning of a song or piece of music?

4/10

Q5.What is a contrasting section that prepares us for the chorus again?

5/10

Q6.What is the correct order of a typical song structure?

6/10

Q7.Where would you find a pre chorus?

7/10

Q8.What parts are the accompaniment?

8/10

Q9.How can you vary the accompaniment?

9/10

Q10.What is 'strumming'?

10/10

Lesson summary: How are pop songs constructed?

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