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    Posted: 24 Jun 2014 at 10:54pm
Can anybody help me with how different genres of songs are made ( structure )e.g how many bars for intro, verses,chorus, breaks and so on , for genres dance,RnB, hip hop and also the tempos
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honestly, the best way to work this out is by listening to any tracks you like and seeing how they're put together. It varies massively! And also, trying to conform to a rigid structure isn't normally the best way to go - it's much better to go with the flow and do what sounds right....

Tempo-wise though, you're looking at around 90-100 bpm for most hip hop, with rnb normally being about the same, but it varies.

If a track is purely dance, so more instrumental, then it normally has an intro, or maybe 32-48 bars or so, with a break at the end, e.g. maybe bars 32-48, then drops into some kind of groove. After that, it will drop in and out, with breaks of various lengths. The extremeness of these breaks, so their length and how empty or different they are depends on the style, so if it's a full on hard dance style, then it's most likely to have an extreme break that totally changes and goes from almost nothing to a huge build before dropping back in. More progressive styles are more likely to keep an element from the main groove going in a break, which is normally shorter, so the change is less extreme and more continuous.

If the track is vocal led, then the form may take a very different approach, e.g. wherever the vocal takes it, so maybe: intro - verse - chorus - verse - chorus - break - chorus, or something along those lines...

Like I said, structure-wise, it's really best to listen to tracks you like and want to make and see what form they take.
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The structure IMHO can be different for every song since the "feel" of the song can be just as different - did I just make any sense at all!? LOL

But like Rob said, most radio-hit songs are bulit like  intro - verse - chorus - verse - chorus - break - chorus, where the last chorus might be pitched up a notch....

But don't get hung up on that. Listen to tracks like Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven, or Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody and get mindblown! hehe...

So what I'm tryin' to say is that the structure could be whatever you like - it's what you want to listener to feel, that will build the structure Wink
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