Top 5 intro techniques you should be using in your songs

Top 5 intro techniques you should be using in your songs


Hey music artists! Do you want to amaze your fans with your tunes? Start with a killer intro. Remember, writing a catchy song is not just about melodies; it's about hooking your audience from the start. Your introduction should set and contain the heart of your musical story. This blog will go over five intro techniques that will help you take your songs to the next level. We've got you covered on everything from setting the mood to nailing that catchy rhythm. Let's make those intros memorable and keep those listeners hitting the repeat button!

· Start the First Verse Right Away

As a music artist, you know that today, listeners have an incredibly short attention span. So, a common introduction these days is to simply begin with the first verse. Depending on how your verses begin, you may want to include a more "silent" rhythm introduction (such as a head nod as a lead-in), a drummer keeping time with rimshots, or even a standard "1, 2, 3, 4" type of count in. You can spend some time thinking of something creative, but keep it short, sweet, and memorable.

· Attention-Grabbing Hooks

Don't bore us - get to the Chorus" released by the Roxettes in the mid'90s, perfectly captures this type of introduction. The attention-grabbing hook could be a catchy melody, a signature riff, or a unique sound effect. Hooks are like musical magnets, grabbing the listener's attention and setting the tone for what follows. This powerful technique can make your song unforgettable.

· Introduction to the Chorus Chord Progression

This is another popular way to begin a song. It entails playing the song's chord progression one or more times, followed by the vocals. It familiarises a listener with the music they'll be hearing and helps set the keys, rhythms, and occasionally melodies the track will contain.

Additionally, you can use this time to gradually introduce other instruments. For example, you could start the progression with a guitar, then move on to the bass, drums, piano or combination.

· Instrumental chorus/verse

Focusing on layering in instrumental melodies over the verse or chorus's chord progression is a step up from simply playing those progressions.

This section may even serve as a prelude to an instrumental solo or other non-vocal section that will be played later in the song. It may also serve as a hint to a later vocal melody (verse or chorus). This method makes it easier for listeners to get into the song without being overwhelmed by the vocals.

· The Gradual Build-Up

The gradual build-up is a tried-and-true technique. Begin with a simple arrangement and gradually add elements over time. This method builds anticipation and tension, which is released when the full instrumentation begins. The gradual build-up is a timeless way to draw listeners into your musical world, whether it's layering instruments or increasing the intensity of a rhythm section.


The beginning of a song is your chance to make a good first impression and draw your audience into your musical world. Experiment with the top five intro techniques to find the one that best suits your musical style. Remember that the art of writing a memorable intro is all about setting the tone for the story your song is about to tell. So, dive into the creative process and let your intros speak for themselves.

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