I think understanding rhyme and rhyme patterns is one of the best ways to increase your songwriting ability. To me, rhyme is one of the fundamental building blocks, or can be one of the most destructive forces, in a song.

While a literal scene is important, the rhythm of the line, or flow of cadences in written or spoken language, is where the songwriting craft becomes more than a reporting of facts.

How the line is written matters just as much as what’s being said. Do you want three hard sounds in a row because of the word you’ve chosen?

Maybe it’s the right thought, but the melodic flow just doesn’t fit the melody. Time for the thesaurus and the rhyming dictionary to find some more options!


Best Thing You’ll Learn About Rhyme & Rhyme Patterns:


What helps make a lyric melodic – or flow?

  • Prosody – the art of versification, and
  • Meter – the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a verse

Rhyme is about sound, not spelling, and helps bring regularity, linking, audio separation, tempo, and many other things to the rhythm of a song or poem. It’s often overlooked, but can be one of your strongest tools when writing a song.

One of the best ways to understand the power of rhyme is to look at other songs and their rhyme patterns. Graphing a rhyme pattern is easy, and follows a very basic process.

With each end rhyme, you’ll indicate a letter (always start with A). As you progress through the song, with each end rhyme change, you’ll indicate the next letter in the alphabet. If you hear the same sound later in the song, use the letter associated with the sound the first time you heard it.

Sounds complicated, so I’ll just show you. Here’s a graphed rhyme pattern for a song called “Chasing Pavements“:

I’ve made up my mind,   A   (long i sound)
don’t need to think it over.   B   (ur sound)
If I’m wrong I am right,   A   (long i sound)
don’t need to look no further.   B   (ur sound)
This ain’t lust,   C   (u sound w/s consonant)
I know, this is love.   C   (u sound w/v consonant)


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