It's time to take a look at some arrangement ideas to sink your teeth into. There is so many options available to you when arranging, it's just a matter of letting your imagination run wild. Here's a few examples to get your imagination going:
Quick Fire Song Arrangement Ideas
- Adding handclaps
- Adding percussion (bongos, congos, shakers etc.)
- Changing drum dynamics
- Guitar fills
- Guitar effects
- Adding breaks
- Changing keys
- Adding extra chorus's at the end
More Tips On Arrangement
Avoid Clashing Instruments
Be aware of instruments and melodies that clash. Your vocal line is usually your most important part so don't allow other instruments or melodies to clash with it, you have to give it space to breathe within your mix.
Fatten Your Sound
If you want to beef up your sound and make it fuller the easiest way is to have multiple instruments play the same thing.
Use Space Wisely
Space within a song is your friend and if used correctly will make your chorus stand out and be more memorable. Which is what you want. You do this by giving your intro and verse more room to breathe which allows for greater impact later on.
For instance, you can achieve this by using full chordal accompaniment on the guitar at the chorus and then give the verse space by only using finger picking accompaniment.
Don't under estimate the power of a great vocal. Drop out other instruments to really let your vocals shine.
You don't have to stick to the old traditional fade out outro. Try mixing things up. Maybe a sudden drop out or ending on an off beat. Give your listeners something new to experience.
Make Your Chorus Pop
If you want to make your chorus stand out try backing up your vocal line with instruments that are playing the same notes.