Songwriting Strategies

A 360-Degree Approach

Author: Mark Simos

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1480395765

Category: Music

Page: 224

View: 4912

(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"

Songwriting

Strategies for Musical Self-Expression and Creativity

Author: Christian V. Hauser,Daniel R. Tomal,Rekha S. Rajan

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1475829426

Category: Music

Page: 200

View: 6297

A musical composer, guitar rocker, and lyric opera singer team up to write this sensational book on songwriting. This book includes everything you want to know about the core competencies of songwriting, elements of music, and lyrics. Features include writing song lyrics, crafting musical compositions, musical styles, getting a contract, sustaining a career, publishers and agents, recording, and even how to survive in the music industry. No matter what music genre you desire---blues, country, hip hop, gospel, punk, classical, alternative, jingles, or rock---this is the book for you. You will find this fascinating book filled with tips, quotes from famous songwriters and musicians, and numerous stories on songwriting that will keep you fully engaged.

Songwriting

Essential Guide to Rhyming : a Step-by-step Guide to Better Rhyming and Lyrics

Author: N.A

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780793511815

Category: Music

Page: 68

View: 9433

"Step-by-Step Guide to Better Rhyming and Better Lyrics : This book has a very specific purpose: to help you find better rhymes and use them more effectively. Rhyme is one of the most crucial areas of lyric writing, and this guide will provide you with all the technical information necessary to develop your skills completely. Make rhyme work for you and your lyric writing will greatly improve. If you have written lyrics before, even at a professional level, you can still gain greater control and understanding of your craft with the exercises and worksheets included in this book. Hone your writing technique and skill with this practical and fun approach to the art of lyric writing. Start writing better than ever before! Pat Pattison has been teaching lyric writing and poetry at Berklee College of Music since 1975. He played a central role in developing Berklee's unique songwriting major, the first complete songwriting degree offered anywhere. Doctoral work in philosophy at Indiana University and a Master of Arts in Literary Criticism gave him the knowledge and inspiration necessary to concentrate on the art of lyric writing. In addition to his work for television and film, as well as numerous clinics and workshops, Pat writes monthly articles for Home and Studio Recording magazine."--P. 4 de la couv.

Melody in Songwriting

Tools and Techniques for Writing Hit Songs

Author: Jack Perricone

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780634006388

Category: Music

Page: 180

View: 4139

Discover songwriting techniques from the hit makers! This comprehensive guide unlocks the secrets of hit songs, examining them, and revealing why they succeed. Learn to write memorable melodies and discover the dynamic relationships between melody, harmony, rhythm, and rhyme. Fine-tune your craft and start writing hits!

The Songwriter's Idea Book

Author: Sheila Davis

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9780898795196

Category: Music

Page: 240

View: 8669

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.

Shortcuts to Songwriting for Film & TV

114 Tips for Writing, Recording, & Pitching in Today's Hottest Market

Author: Robin Frederick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780982004029

Category: Music

Page: 326

View: 6548

Tens of thousands of songs are needed each year for TV, movies, and commercials. The songwriting techniques and marketing tips in this guide show how to craft music and lyrics to give the industry what it needs, make broadcast quality recordings, and pitch songs.

The Craft of Lyric Writing

Author: Sheila Davis

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 9780898791495

Category: Music

Page: 350

View: 2046

Shows examples of successful songs, describes the three basic songwriting forms, and discusses theme, repetition, wordplay, rhyme, rhythm, and common songwriting mistakes

The Songwriter's Workshop

Harmony

Author: Jonathan Feist

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780634026614

Category: Music

Page: 205

View: 2972

"Learn how harmony can help you express your songwriting ideas, using chords and chord structures the way that professional songwriters do. The Songwriter's Workshop series is a new approach to writing hit songs designed for songwriters at all levels, from beginners to professional songwriters who are looking for new ideas to spice up their work. Each book in the series presents a set of tools for writing songs, with practical practice exercises. The Songwriter's Workshop: Harmony teaches the fundamental harmony techniques used in today's hit songs, together 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. Learn how to: Incorporate "power progressions", the most common and effective chord progressions, which have been used in countless hits, into your own songs. Explore colors of chords and keys, so that you can use them to express the emotion of the lyrics. Understand the states of being harmonically "home" and "away from home," and use them to maximize your songs' emotional impact. Adapt and embellish chords and progressions to enrich your palette of colors. Vary your harmonies and progressions to generate many new creative possibilities. Practice the musical applications of harmonic constructs such as cadences and modulations. Write memorable choruses and verses that work together as complete songs. The included play-along CD provides a perfect accompaniment to help you practice your songs."--P. 4 de la couv.

Beginning Songwriting

Writing Your Own Lyrics, Melodies, and Chords

Author: Andrea Stolpe,Jan Stolpe

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1495029603

Category: Music

Page: 160

View: 4684

(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.

Inside Songwriting: Getting To The Heart Of Creativity

Author: Jason Blume

Publisher: Watson-Guptill

ISBN: 0307799492

Category: Music

Page: 176

View: 1938

His songs have been recorded by an incredibly diverse range of artists, including Britney Spears and both the Backstreet Boys and the Oak Ridge Boys. And when he’s not writing music for chart-topping artists, he writes best-sellers. Jason Blume, author of the best-selling 6 Steps to Songwriting Success, returns with a book that has been called the musician’s version of Natalie Goldberg’s million-selling Writing Down the Bones. Inside Songwriting presents both inspirational stories of the author’s long, and sometimes difficult, climb to the top, as well as practical advice, valuable tools, and instructive activities that no accomplished or aspiring songwriter, singer, or musician should be without. It provides a richly detailed, no-holds-barred account of the author’s personal experiences (trying to make a go of it in the topsy-turvy music world), and offers inspiration and practical instructions on the techniques and raw artistry required to put a song together. Far from being a traditional “how-to,” each of the 60 short chapters in this book uses attention-grabbing anecdotes to relay valuable insights and important lessons. But Inside Songwriting also offers much more; it provides a rare look at the business of songwriting from “both sides of the desk,” and offers aspiring songwriters what they need most—encouragement, comfort, and hope. From the Trade Paperback edition.

1000 Songwriting Ideas

Author: Lisa Aschmann

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781423454403

Category: Music

Page: 304

View: 6395

It all starts with an idea! From melodies to lyrics, great songs need great ideas to spark the creative energy that will help you write your next big hit. 1000 Songwriting Ideas is a handy book of creative exercises that stop writer's block and turn your imagination into a powerful songwriting machine. The book offers a thousand concepts to ponder as starting points for lyric and melody writing, along with some of the most provocative and inspirational examples you may encounter anywhere. These proven exercises move the lyrical self, stir the melodic soul, and give you the power to be the creative songwriter you've always wanted to be.

Essential Songwriter

Craft Great Songs & Become a Better Songwriter

Author: Jonathan Feist,Jimmy Kachulis

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 147686697X

Category: Music

Page: 32

View: 1587

(Berklee Methods). The Berklee in the Pocket Essential Songwriter is an accessible reference guide that will quickly lead songwriters to ideas that are at the heart of countless hit songs. The tips and strategies jam-packed into this concise guide will help you tackle writer's block and gain fresh insight into the songwriting process. Includes: the 17 chord progressions that are at the heart of the most popular hit songs, guitar charts and keyboard chords showing how to play progressions in all 12 keys, tips to customize essential chord progressions to suit your own songs, contact info for businesses and organizations most important to the working songwriter, and more!

Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure

Tools and Techniques for Writing Better Lyrics

Author: Pat Pattison

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1476867534

Category: Music

Page: 112

View: 1892

(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.

6 Steps to Songwriting Success

The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs

Author: Jason Blume

Publisher: Billboard Books

ISBN: 0823084779

Category: Music

Page: 282

View: 8247

"What' s the secret to writing a hit song? It' s as simple as 1-2-3-4-5-6! Innovative, practical, and inspiring, Six Steps to Songwriting Successpresents a surefire step-by-step approach to mastering the elements consistently found in hit songs. Author Jason Blume, a songwriter with the rare distinction of having had songs on the Country, Pop, and R&B charts simultaneously, has packed this book with such key aids as the three-step lyric writing technique used by the pros; lyric, melody, and demo checklists; and tools for self-evaluation - plus many other exercises that work. Blume' s warm, humorous style features motivational anecdotes and entertaining stories of how hit songs came to be written and recorded. Get Six Steps to Songwriting Success, and get on the charts!"

Popular Lyric Writing

10 Steps to Effective Storytelling

Author: Andrea Stolpe

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1476867437

Category: Music

Page: 160

View: 1013

(Berklee Guide). Write songs that sell! Hit-songwriter/educator Andrea Stolpe shares time-tested tools of commercial songwriting. Her ten-step process will help you to craft lyrics that communicate heart to heart with your audience. She analyzes hit lyrics from artists such as Faith Hill and John Mayer, and reveals why they are successful and how you can make your own songs successful too. Stolpe advises on how to: streamline and accelerate your writing process; use lyric structures and techniques at the heart of countless hit songs; write even when you're not inspired; more!

Therapeutic Songwriting

Developments in Theory, Methods, and Practice

Author: F. Baker

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137499230

Category: Psychology

Page: 322

View: 1950

Therapeutic Songwriting provides a comprehensive examination of contemporary methods and models of songwriting as used for therapeutic purposes. It describes the environmental, sociocultural, individual, and group factors shaping practice, and how songwriting is understood and practiced within different psychological and wellbeing orientations.

The Complete Singer-Songwriter

A Troubadour's Guide to Writing, Performing, Recording, and Business Second Edition

Author: Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1495063739

Category: Music

Page: 256

View: 5342

(Book). The Complete Singer-Songwriter is the ultimate guide for the modern performer, chock-full of tips, tools, and inspiration for both aspiring troubadours and those looking to take their craft and career to the next level. Author Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers draws on firsthand interviews with songwriting legends and rising stars; expert advice from managers, agents, lawyers, and publishers; and his own experiences as a performing songwriter. He offers this invaluable companion for singer-songwriters on their journey from idea to song to the stage, studio, and beyond. New in the second edition: * A songwriter's guide to chord progressions * Understanding song form and rhyme * Dozens of songwriting games and exercises * Essential info on copyrighting your songs, music publishing, and digital royalties * Online companion at completesingersongwriter.com with playlists and additional resources Songwriting tips and techniques from more than 100 artists, including Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Paul Simon, Rosanne Cash, Jewel, Jeff Tweedy, Ani DiFranco, James Taylor, John Fogerty, Brandi Carlile, Richard Thompson, Jason Mraz, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Garcia, Dar Williams, and more.

101 Tips and Tricks of Successful Songwriting

Author: Diana Williamson

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781535295826

Category:

Page: 110

View: 3948

101 Tips and Tricks of Successful Songwriting goes behind the scenes and shows you how successful songwriters craft and market their hits. Through a series of famous examples, insider secrets, and amusing anecdotes, you will learn how to apply these winning strategies yourself. Broken down into bite-size morsels of "one tip per page", you can read this on the run or nestled in your easy chair. For songwriters of all levels and people curious about the world of songwriting in general, there is something for everyone.

The Addiction Formula

A Holistic Approach to Writing Captivating, Memorable Hit Songs. with 317 Proven Commercial Techniques and 331 Examples, Incl Rather Be, Happy and All of Me

Author: Friedemann Findeisen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789082391305

Category:

Page: 228

View: 4866

Discover The Songwriting Technique Used In 97% Of All Hit Songs How To Use Subtle Psychological Triggers To Captivate ANY Audience. "Writing Pop, Rock, RnB or Hip Hop has never been easier or more fun." Master The Art Of Writing Addicting Songs Music is a tough industry to break into. With production gear being affordable for the first time in history, it seems like EVERYONE is making music these days. Getting noticed in the continuous stream of information that is the internet seems almost impossible. BUT: There is a technique designed specifically to captivate and hook an audience and with The Addiction Formula, you can learn it in a couple of hours. You will learn all about Lyric-Less Storytelling, a technique used by the most successful songwriters of our time. If you've always wanted to know how to write songs that stick out and speak to a large audience, this is the book for you. The Songwriting Book For A New Generation Of Songwriters The 60s are OVER! Songwriting today is a very different experience than it was when the Beatles were on the air. By combining Arrangement, Harmony, Melody, Rhythm, Lyrics and Production in one deviously simple technique it is the first songwriting book that speaks to an all-writing, all-producing DIY generation. Includes over 317 Techniques You Will Be Able To Use INSTANTLY Part 2 of The Addiction Formula is almost like a dictionary of hit songwriting techniques. All the tools are hand-picked from hit songs of the past 30 years. But this book is far more than just a list of tips and tricks: The Addiction Formula also shows you how the techniques can be applied to your songs. It puts all of what you learn into perspective and shows you how they all fit together. With 331 Examples Incl. Songs By Rihanna, Katy Perry, Drake and Maroon 5 Are you sick and tired of being taught techniques based on some old County song you've never heard of? One of my guidelines for writing this book was to only include hit songs from the past 30 years. Every single technique in The Addiction Formula is proven with one or more examples to show it in action and to help you learn it quickly and easy. I mean, hey, you get to learn by listening to the songs you listen to anyways! It's fun, quick and practical. Scroll up and get your copy NOW!

The Craft and Business of Songwriting

Author: John Braheny

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 9780898796537

Category: Music

Page: 322

View: 1835

Music is a universal language, and John Braheny speaks it eloquently as he helps prepare us for our big musical break--by teaching us the craft of songwriting and revealing secrets of the music business. Includes anecdotes, exercises, and examples from dozens of songwriters, such as Harry Chapin, Paul McCartney, and many others.