Decoding Arrangement November 2020


The Patterns and Science Behind Today's Hits

November 2020 Masterclass Video

Decoding Hit Song Arrangement builds upon concepts taught in Decoding Hit Song Vocals. It is recommended that you take the Decoding Hit Song Vocals masterclass (also available as a video) before taking this masterclass.

What People Are Saying About Hit Songs Deconstructed Workshops

Today’s hitmakers understand that
great music is made where art and science meet.

That’s why they combine their unique creativity with tried and true techniques for arranging their songs, composing earworm melodies, and writing lyrics that connect with widespread audiences.

If you want to compete at the highest levels, you need start using them too.

Sometimes you just can’t get a song out of your head…
want to know why?

Earworm melodies and stellar lyrics are only part of the equation when it comes to crafting hits that compete at the highest levels. Today’s hitmakers know that it's how a song is strategically arranged that seals the deal.

This masterclass will pull back the curtain on the patterns behind how today’s hits are methodically structured, arranged, and produced to heighten the listener’s emotional connection to the song and keep audiences coming back for more. You'll gain a unique perspective into how today’s biggest hitmakers structure and arrange their songs for maximum impact, including:

  • How to create an engaging energy flow that keeps your listeners engaged from start to finish
  • Techniques for creating standout, attention-grabbing moments throughout the song
  • Strategically balancing repetition and contrast both within and across song sections
  • Selecting instruments and production elements that fit with both the song and today’s musical landscape
  • Current trends, techniques and best practices for maximizing audience connection value and engagement
  • Techniques for maximizing the impact of song sections including the intro, chorus, post-chorus and more
  • Strategically arranging hooks to ensure they stand out and connect
  • And much more!

How will you benefit from attending this masterclass? You'll walk away with:

  • A new awareness of the arrangement patterns shaping today’s biggest hits
  • A new approach for combining your unique creativity with strategic songwriting and production decisions to maximize the impact of your songs
  • A toolbox of proven techniques that will help take your production skills to the next level
  • Proprietary Hit Songs Deconstructed materials that will help you objectively assess your songs and prime them for success

This masterclass will provide you with a new lens through which to objectively assess your music for maximum impact. You’ll also gain access to new tools that you can immediately start using to start crafting and arranging infectious choruses that will help your songs stand out on the hit song stage.

How will you benefit from this workshop?

At the end of this workshop, you will walk away with:

  • Unique insight into the lyrical patterns that shape today’s biggest hits
  • A toolbox of proven techniques that will help take your lyric writing to the next level
  • A new approach to your writing process that combines your unique creativity with a methodical approach to maximize the impact of your songs
  • Templates of Hit Songs Deconstructed’s tried and true Narrative and Rhyme Tables that will allow you to quickly and decisively evaluate your lyrics’ strengths and weaknesses through an objective lens

Limited seats available.

Your Host

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David Penn
Co-Founder, Hit Songs Deconstructed

David is a recognized expert in the craft and trends behind hit songs and has been featured by Billboard, Variety, Music Week, Canadian Musician Radio, BMI, Financial Times, and the Economist, to name a few. He also regularly guest lectures at top universities such as Berklee College of Music, NYU, and Frost School of Music, as well as at industry events such as Music Biz, DIY Musician Conference and others.

A music connoisseur of all time periods and genres, he is a “go-to” consultant for songwriters, producers, publishers and labels.

Decoding Hit Song Arrangement is for you if:

• You want to compete at the highest levels and attain continued commercial success
• You want new tools to evaluate your songs' strengths and weaknesses and help prime them for maximum impact
• You are ready to take the leap and combine your unique creativity with a little bit of science

By applying the techniques you learn during this masterclass to your music, you will take your writing and producing skills to the next level, regardless of the genre you’re working in.

Price: $129 | Class Duration: 4:30

Your masterclass portal includes the video of the live masterclass, the presentation deck, and exclusive downloadable Hit Songs Deconstructed materials to assess your songs and optimize them for commercial success.


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