3 Songwriting Patterns for Beginners

A newbie to the songwriting game? Here are three simple templates to get you churning out hit songs in no time.

BOOM! The muse strikes: out of nowhere, you get an inspired new idea for Write a song. As great as that initial moment was, reality quickly hits: 99 times out of 100, our ideas get us nowhere. The muse leaves as quickly as it appeared and with it the idea of ​​your tube.

But no worries! In this post I will break down 3 Tried-and-tested songwriting templates to help you turn your initial idea into a full-fledged song (that people actually want to listen to).

3 Song Structure Templates for Writing a Hit Song

Think of your idea as the purpose of the song and the arrangement as the body.

An aimless body just vegetates (remind you of someone you know?). A goal without a body goes nowhere. Your song needs both a purpose and a body – an initial idea and song structure.

Let’s give your genius idea the body it needs!

The song structure template helps contain your initial idea and turn an inspired moment into a real song.

Plus, having these templates gives you the confidence to go all out because you already know your idea will turn out great.

Let’s see what that means exactly.

How These Song Structure Templates Work

Before we jump into templates for your song, a quick introduction:

In one of my most popular videos, I break down the simplest and most popular songwriting pattern. Give him a watch here. 3 Song Structure Patterns - Holistic Songwriting Video

But since I’ve partnered with the beautiful people at DITTO, I had to give you something special:

3 others proven models: Use them instantly and go from beginner to expert in no time.

How to Use Song Structure Templates

Now let me say this here:

I don’t care what genre you work in – I strongly encourage you to think like you’re recording a band. It really helps.

What I mean is this:

Think of a typical group setup:

1. Voice,

2. Guitar or Synth,

3. Drums and

4. Bass.

For now, that’s enough.

Now force yourself to write or save things like voice and drums – instruments that are Actually great.

This allows you to avoid a major temptation: many songwriters/producers/artists hide their boring ideas behind adding another instrument and another unnecessary layer.

Don’t be like them.

Limit yourself in this first phase of the songwriting process. Nail down the fundamental parts of your song. This focus on quality is what will set your song apart from 99% of the others produced (and forgotten a month later) these days.

When every game played by your “band” is rock solid, then feel free to layer new elements and sounds and give those great ideas more expression and uniqueness.


OK, with that out of the way, let’s dive straight into the models now!

For your convenience, you can download the templates (without explanation though, so be sure to bookmark this article) as well as the entire Holistic Songwriting Starter Kit here.

Songwriting Pattern #1

3 Song Structure Templates - One song arrangement template for all popular genres

This song structure is a classic. Don’t dwell on the saxophone. It is a substitute for any instrument with a vocal touch in this range (approximately between 600 Hz and 880 Hz).

Make sure you don’t double your voice 1:1. Ask them to play/sing at different intervals.

Let the saxophone play the hook of your song immediately. This way it introduces the main topic and makes your song recognizable on Instagram.

Then continue with your verse with lead vocals, drums, bass, and synths. In the pre-chorus, start building and move into the chorus.

Feel free to double the chorus and, if you wish, add a short outro.

Remember that role models are there to help you, but you are not married to them and box modify them according to your specific situation.

Songwriting Pattern #2

3 Song Structure Templates - A proven song structure template for creating groovy songs

It’s a great funk type template – or for any pop style song that’s focused on people dancing.

For this to work, immediately start with the groove.

For info: About GROOVE

Legendary songs speak directly to three aspects of being human:

They touch our hearts, grab our minds and move our bodies.

Groove is about the body. Make it move as one with your song.

To find out exactly how the groove works, I conducted my own scientific research (like, for real). I have worked with professional dancers and Germany’s most successful songwriters. We’ve identified 7 basic movement patterns that underpin every popular song.

When parts of your song go against the underlying movement pattern, that’s when problems arise and songs die.

The secret to writing groovy songs consistently is to understand the basic movement pattern of your song – and to make your entire backing track support that movement pattern.

If you want to know more about it, do not hesitate to consult Holistic Songwriting Academywhere we spend 3 months developing the skills to create a lifetime of legendary body-moving songs.

Be sure to develop the groove throughout the first part of the song.

As soon as the first chorus ends and you enter V2 with just the claps (or snares), your listener will be immersed in the groove. A reintroduction of other drum elements in Part 2 of V2 will be pure bliss and relief.

Also note that even though the same instruments are present in Chorus 1 as in Chorus 2 and Chorus 3, additions are constantly being made.

This way, the familiar, already established chorus remains exciting, and a development through your song’s history captures your audience’s attention.

POINT: Repetition is key, as well as novelty. Repeating a lot, while adding new layers will keep your listeners hooked.

Songwriting Pattern #3

3 song structure templates - A songwriting template for pop music with chorus and organ accompaniment

It’s a big, endlessly model. Here, small hinges swing large doors.

What I mean is this: just by adding two layers – the choir and the tambourine – to your chorus, you can completely differentiate your choruses from your verses.

Then, adding the falsetto to your voice in the second part of verse 2, and the extra layer of organ in the next chorus, has a huge effect – without too much extra work needed.

Another touch that I really appreciate here is the introduction of the clap in the final chorus. That way the song feels worthwhile, we get a sense of resolution, and the song finally feels complete after the crazy ride you took us on.

Definitely give this template a try, if you have a big loop that you want to fit into a full song.

An arrangement template can provide the framework and structure needed to turn your initial inspiration into an actual song.

Choose your models wisely. Practice them. Incorporate their structure into your songwriting and production process, so you can move past them and own them fully.

This article has given you three specific templates that you can use to create great songs.

To make it easier for you to learn the ropes of songwriting, be sure to get my free starter kit here – complete with 143 chord progressions, songwriting patterns mentioned in this article, lyric canvas, and other great tools to jump-start your growth.

Until there,

Stay gefährlich,

Friedemann Findeisen

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