Change the rhythm between verses and choruses, or add effects like stuttering and pauses for variety. Sometimes they repeat the chorus several times before ending.
While you should have different words for the verses throughout the song, you should use the same chorus every time. Often their complex chord grooves, lighting fast hooks, and impossible finger stretches are easier to play than you think.
Lastly, make sure you highlight the hook. They will either like it for the wrong reasons, or hate it for the wrong reasons. Let the hook appear and disappear throughout the song. Cut and Paste Think about songs in sections. Use your own experiences, views, words and insights.
So, cast your fear behind you, grab your guitar, and take the plunge into the icy waters of songwriting. These chord progressions should be able to function as chorus, verse and bridge progressions.
Sarah Jacobs is a blogger at Know Your Instrument.
The verse of a song tells the story, and most songs contain three or four of them. Progressive rock and metal are known for lengthy intros.