After we have written a verse and a chorus or two, we may think to ourselves this song just needs something more.
At that point you may be crossing the bridge. You may need another two lines musically or lyrically to add something special for the finished touch.
A lyrical or musical piece that closes the gap between the second verse and the chorus. Or an extra special something that completes the whole song idea.
Like a cherry on top of ice cream.
What is a bridge
A bridge is an additional piece of information that ties your song pieces together. It helps the listener understand the performers point of view.
It can add a piece of inforamtation that changes the direction of the song or story. The addition may shed new light on the plot and may even include a twist.
Placement of bridge
Examples of places in song structure that you will see a bridge
A-C-A-C-B-C this structure uses Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus…you can tell by the position of the bridge that it is adding new information to help finish the plot
A – A- B- A this style will use Verse, Verse, Bridge, Verse… you will not use a chorus and the bridge comes after a verse.
A bridge means the story line needs a little bit more information but not another verse worth of it.
You may also feel the song is to short and need something to make it longer, a bridge will do that.
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