Bridges: the hardest part of songwriting?

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  1. MikeVB

    MikeVB Supporting Member

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    It is to me. Coming up with the lyrics for a bridge isn't the problem for me but rather making it fit musically yet still serve its purpose.
     
  2. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    not all songs need them, though.
     
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    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    It's all about the six minor in bridges.
     
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    Don't bore us, get to the chorus!!
     
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    Just do what James Brown would do..

    "Can I take it to the bridge"??
     
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    The hardest part of songwriting, is coming up with a song that other people, besides me, actually like :)
     
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    In many bands, I've been the King of Bridges...

    I never have a problem coming up with a cool one, as long as someone else brings the rest of the song in.
     
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    I like to use bridges as a chance to just "do whatever".
    Random chord changes. Just "whatever".

    Bridges are the fun parts for me. They're always the trickiest to work out by ear, in other peoples songs too, ime.

    If you find it hard to make a bridge fit, the song doesn't need one.
     
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    One of the reasons I appreciate the writing of Chris and Rich Robinson (Black Crowes) are the bridges in their songs. Always brilliantly executed.
     
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    I think they are often not needed and seem like they are added as a matter of course as opposed to being added with purpose. Which I think evidences that writing a good bridge, that fits the song, is difficult.
     
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    They can be with certain songs. Sometimes that tells me that song doesn't need one! There have been many popular songs without. Just depends on the song structure I guess.
     
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    I guess it's the most creative part of the tune, where the most interesting things happen in terms of harmony.
     
  13. BetterMeThanYou

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    It kinda sucks though when its just verse-chorus-verse-chorus-verse-chorus, amirite?
     
  14. MikeVB

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    Yep.

    Plus, sometimes you need to make an additional point lyrically but feel like another verse will bog down things.
     
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    They are confounding...
     
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    urizen Gold Supporting Member

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    The bridge? It's @ 1:28+

     
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    Always liked Fugazi's take on the bridge too:



     

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