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Writing Better Lyrics, 2nd Edition by Pat Pattison

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CHAPTER FOURTEEN

METER:

SOMETHING IN COMMON

The sea captain of Western popular music is the eight-bar musical section, subdivided into two- and four-bar units. Expressed in quarter notes, old salty looks like this:

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The eight-bar system is really one piece. Each of the subdivisions is a landmark along the voyage, giving directions and charting relationships. The end of bar two rests:

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Then we tack into bars three and four:

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What a different ...

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