How To Write A Popular Song - online manual

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or the popular song does uot, as a rule, desire to exert any effort in-its rendition. On the other hand, the reader must not suppose that a bald, uninteresting accompaniment should be the rule. The aim of the composer should be to retain the interest even in the accompaniment.
Arpeggios in a quick tempo, runs requiring skilful execu­tion, quick jumps in either right or left hand, are to be avoided in accompaniments to popular songs. The ordinary pianist or accompanist discards the use of a song containing such features, because he lacks the necessary skill required for an adequate rendition.
A sudden change of key in a song is often very effective and brings a delightful surprise to the car. This device will often relieve what would otherwise be a rather monotonous melody. Such sudden change, however, must be made to occur, as a rule, quite naturally and smoothly, and must
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