Effective Arranging – The Breakdown

I haven’t won any Grammy’s or anything, but I can tell you that the best way to take a song that’s at a high energy level and kick it up just a little bit more is actually to break it down, even if what you come back to is the same. Going down to a more “quiet” part for a second before coming back full-force can help achieve just that much more impact – and it can really make a difference.

Take a look at some of the examples that I’ve meticulously listed out for you thants to the help of my iTunes and BeeMP3:

  • The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness – Bullet With Butterfly Wings – breakdown at 3:04.
  • The Smashing Pumpkins – Zeitgeist – (Come On) Let’s Go! – breakdown at 2:37 – also check out the mini-breakdown at 1:35 – I like Jimmy Chamberlin’s drum fill coming back in.
  • The Dub Trio – Exploring The Dangers Of- Awakening Dub (live) – breakdown at 3:51 with a lovely wet guitar riff. Shows how the breakdown works in all genres.
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Self-Titled – Almost Easy – breakdown at 3:07, with a very graceful re-entry starting to build at 3:12 with rapid-fire palm-muted guitar + double kick hits. The breakdown works in ALL genres.
  • Femi Kuti – Fight To Win – Eko Lagos – breakdown at 3:18 with backup singers hitting you on the way back in. The breakdown works… well, you should get the point by now.

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