You Won’t Believe it: Finding a Rhyme is not Art!

Before we move further, and tell you how to rhyme in songwriting, first allow us to explain what exactly rhyme is, so that you can understand the fine line between a super-hit song and a flop. “Rhymes are basically the flow of the lyrics; they keep the listener interested by keeping a predictable tone.”

“You Rhyme for a Reason!” However, don’t assume that rhyme is the curve that will set everything straight every time in songwriting. It’s been hardwired into our brains that rhyming is a recipe for success and that it’s pertinent to match the lyrics of the song, but that’s not always true. If you think you can only work on specific rhyme schemes (like ABAB and AA, or ABAB and BB) you are signing the death warrant of your creativity. Avoid falling into a rhyming rut.


Don’t get us wrong here; rhyming is not an art either. It just demands you to control its grip on the song. Once you perceive it, measuring work in depth gets easier, and you’ll paint your thoughts loud and rather comfortably too. We’ve seen various songwriters, especially beginners, who sacrifice the actual message of the song for rhyming, as they believe that it’s fundamental to the song. Remember, the first lesson is to “keep the message of the song intact.” Without it, you’ll only survive, rather than thrive in the music industry.


Before we move further, and tell you how to rhyme in songwriting, first allow us to explain what exactly rhyme is, so that you can understand the fine line between a super-hit song and a flop. “Rhymes are basically the flow of the lyrics; they keep the listener interested by keeping a predictable tone.” In other words, it’s that effective drum which enhances the beauty of your song and polishes its rough edges. If you keep the message intact, while using a beautiful rhyme, you can transcend the average level, and create an utterly unforgettable piece… Below are a few exceptional tips that will show you how to find a rhyme and hone your songwriting skills.



Valerie vs Calorie


If your girlfriend’s name is Valerie, and the first sentence is ‘I love you Valerie,’ don’t end the other sentence with ‘please, burn some calorie.’ Though it’s a classic rhyme, it will also crumble the old buildings of love into dust. You need more rhyming words in order to show true feelings, and you can use a Rhyming Dictionary for it. True artists always have a collection of words which they use during the songwriting process; but they don’t always rely on them. They are voracious readers as well. From poems to newspapers, they read everything to become bold in their execution and emotion, while being more creative.



Have an Idea?


Well, write roughly. Don’t keep it in your head; just get the notebook and write it down. Usually, the novices attempt to make the rhyming connections in their heads before writing anything down. This is a huge gaffe. It will automatically raze the essence of what you want to deliver. For that reason, it doesn’t matter what you’re thinking, or which idea is forming inside your head, just write it down; create a message, or show feelings. Rhyming parts can be corrected later. Once you’ve put the idea on paper, your vision opens up in an entirely new manner; you can easily adjust the words to create rhymes.



Switch the Lines


Now, the experiment part! When your thoughts are on paper, don’t hesitate to play with them. The first thing you can do is switch the lines, over and over. There are a million possibilities you can try, or you can add or subtract some lines as well. Once you feel you’ve composed something magical, consider using rhymes, which of course you already know. However, there is one more interesting thing which you can try to be more ingenious: use two different sentences in a single line to produce a rhyme.



Background Vocals


Want to broaden your limited horizons? No problem! Work on the background vocals and create a rhyme in them; they’re as important as the lead vocals. Obviously, not all songs require background vocals, and in case you feel you’ve created a masterpiece and it would be immature to change its vocals just for the rhyme, you can shed light on it with background vocals; with some clever phrasing it should be easy to get the rhyme you want. This will not only facilitate you in rhyming, but also add extra professionalism to your song.



Concluding Thoughts


Rhyming is like French fries–you can’t just eat one; they’re like the hooks that keep the listeners interested. If you can’t create the primary hook, aim for the secondary ones (background vocals). Just remember, the more you place rhymes, the more you’ll make an appearance. However, you have to place your rhymes judiciously, so that they ring true 24/7.


Adding rhyme in songwriting isn’t tough, but it’s not a walk in the park either. You just have to think like Sherlock—observe everything—in order to produce a great piece of inspiration. If you ever get stuck, listen to the greats; learn how they turned their songs into a drug and made everyone addicted… So, don’t limit yourself; just be rich in vocabulary, glean the idea, switch the lines, and add rhyming words.

Though in the beginning, you’ll definitely fall into the old standard traps, but with a tad of practice, you can rise above your competition and grab the winner’s trophy in the songwriting industry.

The SongCat Team
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