Pronunciation: brij

What is a Bridge?

A bridge is a section of a musical composition that contrasts the rest of the composition of the song. It prepares for the return of the original material section.

Key Takeaways

  1. The bridge is the contrasting section of a song that usually follows the chorus.
  2. It is a change of tempo, chord progression, or meter change.
  3. The bridge prepares for the return to the original section, such as the chorus or the verse.

Understanding a Bridge

The majority of songs contain a combination of a verse, chorus, and bridge, which comprises the overall song structure. The bridge typically follows the chorus section and presents something different, such as a change in tempo, or chord progression. It also provides composers with an opportunity to inject a change of pace in a song, creating a unique addition.

Its origins go back to Germany from the 15th century and were used by German Meistersingers who described the bridge as a transitional section in medieval bar form.

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