Foo Fighter’s mega hit is indeed an amazing song, containing all the qualities you hope to see in your songs — catchy, heartfelt, infectious, groovy, and unique. But here we’re going to focus on the art of setup. A song is made up of many sections and one should always set up the next, so that the audience will keep listening, keep experiencing that gratification of a well-setup arrival of a new section.
- Start the vocal melody low in the range, so that the song has somewhere else to go/build up to.
- Call-and-response in the pre-chorus is led by the guitar first, setting up the responses by the voice — an unusual usage, but really attention-grabbing.
- Each section features a down/down/up structure in terms of the direction of the melody, and that final up serves as the setup for the next section. This creates a sweet, satisfying sense of resolution when the next section finally arrives.