Who knew how ridiculously easy it is to write a song in the style of Morrissey?
Musician Andy Wood reveals the “one weird trick” in this brief three-minute tutorial.
Wood demonstrates that Morrissey’s melodies tend to be one note—the major third of whatever key you are playing in. He demonstrates this by playing chords in the key of E, while singing in the major third, G sharp.
Wood says that in order to sing like Morrissey you must always avoid singing the root note, because to do that would give the melody a beginning or an ending and a Morrissey song “starts in the middle, ends in the middle, and in the middle it has more middle.”
Granted, not every Smiths and Morrissey song follows this rule, but it is rather hilarious to watch what easy work Wood makes of concocting fake Moz tracks on the fly.
If you’re anything like me, you have some bad high school poetry lying around in a journal someplace. Today may be the day to bust it out, strum a few chords, and “sing the third.”