The development of tension is realized by volume, pitch, complexity of structure and speed. We see the same in many things in nature: sex, of course, but also the growth of plants, inventions. They too have peaks and falls in the speed and energy with which they develop.
The usual way is a quiet introduction, then an increase and decrease of tension like a hilly landscape. The artist knows with the right dosage of it to lead his audience through the emotion. Every peak is preceded by a preparation and closed with a solution. If a climax gives the impression to be the last one, but it isn't, the effect of the next one is extra strong.
Even a simple song like 'It's a long way to Tipperary' has peaks and falls.
Chord scheme of the song 'It's a long way to Tipperary'.
Hear the song 'It's a long way to Tipperary'.
We will follow the peaks and falls of this song in the next table.
Hear the pieces of the following table separated.
|It's a [C] long way to Tipperary,||Introduction, still without tension.|
|It's a [F] long way||Mini-climax.|
|to [C] go.||Solution of the mini-climax.|
|It's a long way||New quiet preamble.|
|to Tippe-[Am]-rary,||Expectation of 2nd climax.|
|To the [D7] sweetest girl||2nd Climax.|
|I [G7] know.||Solution of the 2nd climax and
Expecting more by not closing with C-chord.
|(rest)||Silence for extra tension later on.|
|Good [C] bye,||Preamble still with little tension.|
|Picca-[C7]-dilly.||Start of climax with already some tension.|
|Fare-[F]-well||Very near climax.|
|Leicester [E7] Square.||Highest climax.|
|It's a [C] long, long way to||Coming to rest after the climax.|
|Tippe-[F]-ra-[C]-ry||Mini-climax with solution.|
|But my [D7] heart is||A last small climax.|
|[G7] right [C] there.||A clear finish.|