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Great Songwriting Techniques

Great Songwriting Techniques [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0199968055
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In Great Songwriting Techniques, veteran composer and teacher Jack Perricone shares years of experience in the art, science, and pedagogy of songwriting to teach readers the craft. Whether they write for a small group of friends or in the hopes of creating a smash hit, aspiring songwriters can learn how to focus on topics essential to their success in this competitive field; every songwriter must be aware of audience, thick-skinned enough to handle rejection and competition, and most importantly have the confidence to master the craft of composing and producing. Perricone teaches readers to accomplish this through a targeted series of lessons on key elements of songwriting from building blocks like melody, harmony, and rhythm to more advanced topics like lyric placement and tone texture. Chapters explore loop-based harmonic patterns, tone tendencies, form, function, and lyric writing, all in service of preparing the aspiring songwriter to be a master of prosody and keen in understanding the relationship between words and music. The volume includes examples of exceptional songwriting from well-known artists such as Irving Berlin, Prince, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, and Taylor Swift.

Melody in Songwriting

Melody in Songwriting [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1476867100
Author: Jack Perricone
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
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Melody in Songwriting by Jack Perricone Book Resume:

(Berklee Guide). Melody is a subject too often neglected in the teaching of music. This unique resource gives melody that attention it deserves, and proves that melody writing is a skill that can be learned. Through proven tool and techniques, you will learn to write interesting melodies, how melodic rhythm influences rhyme, what makes harmony progress, and the many dynamic relationships between melody and harmony. This clear and comprehensive approach to songwriting unlocks the secrets of popular songs, revealing what really makes them work. Examples of great songs by such notable songwriters as Lennon and McCartney, Diane Warren, Robert Palmer, and more, provide a close-up illustration of the songwriting techniques employed by these masters of the industry. This is the book used in Songwriting classes at Berklee College of Music. The exercises provided make it a wonderful self-teaching manual and a great addition to any general theory course of any level. Use the tools presented in this book to help fine-tune your craft and start writing hits!

Writing Better Lyrics

Writing Better Lyrics [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1599631660
Author: Pat Pattison
Publisher: Penguin
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Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison Book Resume:

The Must-Have Guide for Songwriters Writing Better Lyrics has been a staple for songwriters for nearly two decades. Now this revised and updated 2nd Edition provides effective tools for everything from generating ideas, to understanding the form and function of a song, to fine-tuning lyrics. Perfect for new and experienced songwriters alike, this time-tested classic covers the basics in addition to more advanced techniques.Songwriters will discover: • How to use sense-bound imagery to enhance a song's emotional impact on listeners • Techniques for avoiding clichés and creating imaginative metaphors and similes • Ways to use repetition as an asset • How to successfully manipulate meter • Instruction for matching lyrics with music • Ways to build on ideas and generate effective titles • Advice for working with a co-writer • And much more Featuring updated and expanded chapters, 50 fun songwriting exercises, and examples from more than 20 chart-toppings songs, Writing Better Lyrics gives you all of the professional and creative insight you need to write powerful lyrics and put your songs in the spotlight where they belong.

The Art of Noise

The Art of Noise [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1466865210
Author: Daniel Rachel
Publisher: St. Martin\'s Griffin
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The Art of Noise by Daniel Rachel Book Resume:

THE ART OF NOISE offers an unprecedented collection of insightful, of-the-moment conversations with twenty-seven great British songwriters and composers. They discuss everything from their individual approaches to writing, to the inspiration behind their most successful songs, to the techniques and methods they have independently developed to foster their creativity. Contributors include: Sting * Ray Davies * Robin Gibb * Jimmy Page * Joan Armatrading * Noel Gallagher * Lily Allen * Annie Lennox * Damon Albarn * Noel Gallagher * Laura Marling * Paul Weller * Johnny Marr * and many more Musician-turned-author Daniel Rachel approaches each interview with an impressive depth of understanding—of the practice of songwriting, but also of each musician's catalog. The result is a collection of conversations that's probing, informed, and altogether entertaining—what contributor Noel Gallagher called "without doubt the finest book I've ever read about songwriters and the songs they write." The collected experience of these songwriters makes this book the essential word of songwriting—as spoken by the songwriters themselves.

The Everything Songwriting Book

The Everything Songwriting Book [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1440522650
Author: C.J. Watson,C. J. Watson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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The Everything Songwriting Book by C.J. Watson,C. J. Watson Book Resume:

Simple techniques for creating catchy lyrics and memorable melodies! Nearly everyone can hum the melody or remember the words to a hit song. Clever word play, catchy melodies, and thoughtful imagery can create an impression that lasts long after a song has ended. The Everything Songwriting Book provides amateurs and seasoned professionals alike all they need to create, perform, and sell hit songs. Learn how to develop an idea, formulate a rhyme scheme, incorporate unique phrasing, and follow through to the final note. Professional songwriter and consultant C.J. Watson packs this book with clever tips and tricks for overcoming writer's block, creating a "hook," and recording and selling a song to a recording company or performer. This user-friendly guide also shows how to: Tap into the common elements of hit songs Incorporate instruments into songwriting Understand music theory Spot songwriting trends and write for a specific market Produce a song Know essential copyright law and other legal basics Get compositions into the right hands Complete with expert advice and practical pointers, The Everything Songwriting Book is sure to guide and inspire burgeoning songwriters at any level.

The Songwriting Secrets Of The Beatles

The Songwriting Secrets Of The Beatles [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0857123467
Author: Dominic Pedler
Publisher: Omnibus Press
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The Songwriting Secrets Of The Beatles by Dominic Pedler Book Resume:

Thirty years after The Beatles split up, the music of Lennon, McCartney, Harrrison and Starkey lives on. What exactly were the magical ingredients of those legendary songs? Why are they still so influential for today's bands? This ground-breaking book sets out to explore The Beatles' songwriting techniques in a clear and readable style. It is aimed not only at musicians but anyone who has ever enjoyed the work of one of the most productive and successful songwriting parterships of the 20th Century. Author Dominic Pedler explores the chord sequences, melodies, harmonies, rhythms and structures of The Beatles' self-penned songs, while challenging readers to enhance their appreciation of the lyrics themselves with reference to the musical context. Throughout the book the printed music and lyrics of The Beatles' songs appear alongside the text, illustrating the author's explanations. The Songwriting Secrets Of The Beatles is an essential addition to Beatles literature - a new and perceptive analysis of both the music and the lyrics written and performed by what Paul McCartney still calls 'a really good, tight little band'.

Beginning Songwriting

Beginning Songwriting [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1495029603
Author: Andrea Stolpe,Jan Stolpe
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
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Beginning Songwriting by Andrea Stolpe,Jan Stolpe Book Resume:

(Berklee Guide). Learn to write songs! This book presents the basic concepts of popular songwriting, such as song construction, creativity techniques, melodic and harmonic development, how to write memorable lyrics, and other core topics. Hands-on exercises make it practical, and the accompanying recording illustrates the concepts for those who don't yet read music.

The Songwriter's Idea Book

The Songwriter's Idea Book [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1440322694
Author: Sheila Davis
Publisher: Penguin
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The Songwriter's Idea Book by Sheila Davis Book Resume:

In her first two books, Sheila Davis classified the major song forms and enduring principles that have been honored for decades by America's foremost songwriters. Those books have become required reading in music courses from NYU to UCLA. In The Songwriters Idea Book, Davis goes one step further, giving you 40 strategies for designing distinctive songs. You'll break new ground in your own songwriting by learning about the inherent relationship between language style, personality type and the brain. • You'll go, step by step, through the creative process as you activate, incubate, separate and discriminate. • You'll learn to use the whole-brain techniques of imaging, brainstorming and clustering. • You'll expand your skilled use of figurative language with paragrams, metonyms, synecdoche and antonomasia. • You'll be challenged to design metaphors, form symbols, make puns and coin words. • And, you'll learn how to prevent writer's block, increase your productivity and maintain your creative flow. Over 100 successful student lyrics from pop, country, cabaret, and theater serve as role-models to illustrate the "whole-brain" songwriting process.

Tunesmith

Tunesmith [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1401305687
Author: Jimmy Webb
Publisher: Hachette Books
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Tunesmith by Jimmy Webb Book Resume:

Webb brings his insider's knowledge, experience, and star power to the ultimate guide for aspiring songwriters. With a combination of anecdotes, meditation, and advice, he breaks down the creative process from beginning to end--from coping with writer's block, to song construction, chords, and even self-promotion. Webb also gives readers a glimpse into the professional music world.

Murphy's Laws of Songwriting

Murphy's Laws of Songwriting [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0615416594
Author: Ralph Murphy
Publisher: Murphy\'s Laws of Songwriting
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Murphy's Laws of Songwriting by Ralph Murphy Book Resume:

Revised 2013 About the Book Achieving "hit writer" status has always been a formidable goal for any songwriter. Never more so however than in the 21st century. Catching the ear of the monumentally distracted, fragmented listener has never been more difficult. Getting their attention, inviting them in to your song and keeping them there for long enough for your song to become "their song" requires more than being just a "good" songwriter. Murphy's Laws of Songwriting "The Book" arms the songwriter for success by demystifying the process and opening the door to serious professional songwriting. Hall of fame songwriter Paul Williams said in his review of the book "If there was a hit songwriters secret handshake Da Murphy would probably have included it." About the Author Ralph Murphy, songwriter, has been successful for five decades. Consistently charting songs in an ever-changing musical environment makes him a member of that very small group of professionals who make a living ding what they love to do. Add to that the platinum records as a producer, the widely acclaimed Murphy's Laws of Songwriting articles used as part of curriculum at colleges, universities, and by songwriter organizations, his success as the publisher and co-owner of the extremely successful Picalic Group of Companies and you see a pattern of achievement based on more than luck.

How to Write One Song

How to Write One Song [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0593183533
Author: Jeff Tweedy
Publisher: Penguin
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How to Write One Song by Jeff Tweedy Book Resume:

There are few creative acts more mysterious and magical than writing a song. But what if the goal wasn't so mysterious and was actually achievable for anyone who wants to experience more magic and creativity in their life? That's something that anyone will be inspired to do after reading Jeff Tweedy's How to Write One Song. Why one song? Because the difference between one song and many songs isn't a cute semantic trick—it's an important distinction that can simplify a notoriously confusing art form. The idea of becoming a capital-S songwriter can seem daunting, but approached as a focused, self-contained event, the mystery and fear subsides, and songwriting becomes an exciting pursuit. And then there is the energizing, nourishing creativity that can open up. How to Write One Song brings readers into the intimate process of writing one song—lyrics, music, and putting it all together—and accesses the deep sense of wonder that remains at the heart of this curious, yet incredibly fulfilling, artistic act. But it’s equally about the importance of making creativity part of your life every day, and of experiencing the hope, inspiration, and joy available to anyone who’s willing to get started.

Songwriting Without Boundaries

Songwriting Without Boundaries [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1599632993
Author: Pat Pattison
Publisher: Penguin
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Songwriting Without Boundaries by Pat Pattison Book Resume:

Infuse your lyrics with sensory detail! Writing great song lyrics requires practice and discipline. Songwriting Without Boundaries will help you commit to routine practice through fun writing exercises. This unique collection of more than150 sense-bound prompts helps you develop the skills you need to: • tap into your senses and inject your writing with vivid details • effectively use metaphor and comparative language • add rhythm to your writing and manage phrasing Songwriters, as well as writers of other genres, will benefit from this collection of sensory writing challenges. Divided into four sections, Songwriting Without Boundaries features four different fourteen-day challenges with timed writing exercises, along with examples from other songwriters, poets, and prose writers.

Saved by a Song

Saved by a Song [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1250202124
Author: Mary Gauthier
Publisher: St. Martin\'s Essentials
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Saved by a Song by Mary Gauthier Book Resume:

"Generous and big-hearted, Gauthier has stories to tell and worthwhile advice to share." —Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much Is True "Gauthier has an uncanny ability to combine songwriting craft with a seeker’s vulnerability and a sage’s wisdom.” —Amy Ray, Indigo Girls From the Grammy nominated folk singer and songwriter, an inspiring exploration of creativity and the redemptive power of song Mary Gauthier was twelve years old when she was given her Aunt Jenny’s old guitar and taught herself to play with a Mel Bay basic guitar workbook. Music offered her a window to a world where others felt the way she did. Songs became lifelines to her, and she longed to write her own, one day. Then, for a decade, while struggling with addiction, Gauthier put her dream away and her call to songwriting faded. It wasn’t until she got sober and went to an open mic with a friend did she realize that she not only still wanted to write songs, she needed to. Today, Gauthier is a decorated musical artist, with numerous awards and recognition for her songwriting, including a Grammy nomination. In Saved by a Song, Mary Gauthier pulls the curtain back on the artistry of songwriting. Part memoir, part philosophy of art, part nuts and bolts of songwriting, her book celebrates the redemptive power of song to inspire and bring seemingly different kinds of people together.

Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure

Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1476867534
Author: Pat Pattison
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
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Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure by Pat Pattison Book Resume:

(Berklee Guide). Veteran songwriter Pat Pattison has taught many of Berklee College of Music's best and brightest students how to write truly great lyrics. Her helpful guide contains essential information on lyric structures, timing and placement, and exercises to help everyone from beginners to seasoned songwriters say things more effectively and gain a better understanding of their craft. Features examples of famous songs for study, including: Be Still My Beating Heart * Can't Fight This Feeling * It Was a Very Good Year * Tickle Me * and more.

The Songwriter's Workshop: Harmony

The Songwriter's Workshop: Harmony [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1476867372
Author: Jimmy Kachulis
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
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The Songwriter's Workshop: Harmony by Jimmy Kachulis Book Resume:

(Berklee Press). Learn the fundamental techniques behind today's hit songs, with easy-to-follow exercises so you can immediately apply these tools to your own songs. Quit wrestling with writer's block, and learn to make the songwriting process easy, fun, and intuitive. Kachulis covers a variety of topics, including: colors of chords and keys * chord embellishments and progressions to enrich your palette of colors * dozens of ways to modify your harmonies and progressions * the most common chord progressions used in hit songs * and more. Practice your songs with the online audio accompaniment tracks!

Songwriting Strategies

Songwriting Strategies [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1480395765
Author: Mark Simos
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
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Songwriting Strategies by Mark Simos Book Resume:

(Berklee Guide). Write songs starting from any direction: melody, lyric, harmony, rhythm, or idea. This book will help you expand your range and flexibility as a songwriter. Discussions, hands-on exercises, and notated examples will help you hone your craft. This creatively liberating approach supports the overall integrity of emotion and meaning in your songs. It will help you become more productive, versatile, and innovative in your songwriting. You will learn to: * Discover more ideas for songs song seeds and capture them in their most powerful and usable form * Overcome writer's block by having many more pathways through the writing process * Develop strong song structures by working independently with melody, lyrics, harmony, and rhythm * Write songs more easily, guided by your well-tuned "songwriter's compass"

Inspiration for Great Songwriting

Inspiration for Great Songwriting [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Tommy Gordon
Publisher: Fretboard Media Group
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Inspiration for Great Songwriting by Tommy Gordon Book Resume:

You are a songwriter, and you need to unlock those great songs inside of you Yes, this book is designed entirely to share those secrets that will inspire you to write that great song that’s you know you can! And once the creativity really starts flowing, we'll create great habits and write even more, each and every day. Get down to writing the music and the lyrics you know that you can because “writer’s block” is a fantasy. You just need inspiration… The Magic of Lyrics & Music This book discusses creativity with the lyrics, creativity with the music, and creativity with the forms of your songs, with a number of actionable suggestions and creative exercises to get the juices flowing. There's also a brief discussion about good habits for songwriters to be more productive (or eventually become a professional), and a list of resource organizations and websites from performing rights to promotion. If you want to develop as a songwriter, possibly even with the goal of going pro, then these are topics you need to think about: The Songwriter's Process Creativity with Form Creativity with Lyrics Creativity with Music Professional? Rights, Royalties, and Piracy Pro Songwriter Habits Songwriter Resource Page and more...

How to Write Songs on Guitar

How to Write Songs on Guitar [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1493051776
Author: Rikky Rooksby
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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How to Write Songs on Guitar by Rikky Rooksby Book Resume:

You want to write songs, and you want to write them on guitar. This updated twentieth-anniversary third edition of the bestselling songwriting handbook shows you how. Learn the techniques and tricks used in two thousand great songs by everyone from the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie to Kings of Leon, U2, Amy Winehouse, and Ed Sheeran. Explore and understand the four main elements of a song—melody, harmony, rhythm, and lyrics—and learn how to use them in exciting new ways. Master song structure, intros, bridges, chord sequences, and key changes. Make the most of your guitar, with innovative chords, scales, modes, tunings, and recording techniques. Use the skills and insights of the great songwriters to create better, more memorable songs. The book gives many examples of classic chord sequences that can be used straight off the page. It explains the basic architecture of most songs. It contains an effective two-part chord dictionary for guitar, providing a set of basic shapes. A second section provides some chords for altered tunings. There are some examples of finger-picking patterns and strumming rhythms. There are chapters on lyric writing, rhythm, melody, and making a demo recording. There are inspirational quotes from famous songwriters, and a gallery of thirty notable albums from which much can be learned. It is everything you need to get started.

Music Business 101: For Aspiring Producers, Writers, Musicians, Singers and Future Record Moguls: A Comprehensive, Easy-to-Understand Look into the Music Business - Everything You Need to Know to Take a Record from Concept to Completion.

Music Business 101: For Aspiring Producers, Writers, Musicians, Singers and Future Record Moguls: A Comprehensive, Easy-to-Understand Look into the Music Business - Everything You Need to Know to Take a Record from Concept to Completion. [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1387195697
Author: Brian Wesley Peters
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
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Music Business 101: For Aspiring Producers, Writers, Musicians, Singers and Future Record Moguls: A Comprehensive, Easy-to-Understand Look into the Music Business - Everything You Need to Know to Take a Record from Concept to Completion. by Brian Wesley Peters Book Resume:

This up-to-date manual fills the need for a basic, easy-to-understand way of getting your foot in the door of a business that for most seems impossible to break into. Whether you are a first-timer looking to promote your first album or you want to venture into creating your own label, read this book and you are investing in your future. “What Brian has covered in this potent and transparent account of today's recording business is how a creative can stay true to their art form without allowing temporary circumstances in the marketplace to dictate how they touch consumers.” -MUSIC EXECUTIVE/PRODUCER WALTER W. MILLSAP III (Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, J-Lo, Mariah Carey, Brandy, Timbaland, LL Cool J) Start Your own music business, Music business handbook, Music business 2016, Record business, Singing career, Producing music, Writing career.

Electronic Musician Presents the Recording Secrets Behind 50 Great Albums

Electronic Musician Presents the Recording Secrets Behind 50 Great Albums [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1476821372
Author: Kylee Swenson Gordon
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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Electronic Musician Presents the Recording Secrets Behind 50 Great Albums by Kylee Swenson Gordon Book Resume:

Culled from 10 years of the Electronic Musician, Remix, and EQ magazines' archives, the articles in Electronic Musician Presents the Recording Secrets Behind 50 Great Albums will enlighten readers about the recording and songwriting techniques that helped create 50 great albums, spanning as far back as 1967 and as recent as 2011, revealing the methodology of numerous talented artists, producers, and engineers. Ranging from such seminal classics as Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic, and the Who's Quadrophenia to recently recorded works by Danger Mouse, Foo Fighters, and Phoenix, this compilation of articles taps into the inner studio realm of a wide range of artists, crossing boundaries of era, genre, geography, and recording style. But what these articles have in common is a wealth of behind-the-scenes secrets that inform how many amazing sounds and songs were captured and constructed. Musicians craving great tips and advice to pursue their own musical dreams – as well as fans interested in how their favorite artists made their music – will find a treasure trove of stories from the long-respected music-production magazines that dug deep to capture all of the juicy recording details.