The Songwriter's Workshop

Harmony

Author: Jonathan Feist

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780634026614

Category: Music

Page: 205

View: 6166

"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.

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: 596

(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!

Melody in Songwriting

Tools and Techniques for Writing Hit Songs

Author: Jack Perricone

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780634006388

Category: Music

Page: 180

View: 8841

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!

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: 3192

(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.

Songwriting Strategies

A 360-Degree Approach

Author: Mark Simos

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1480395765

Category: Music

Page: 224

View: 5665

(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"

Melody - How to Write Great Tunes

Author: Rikky Rooksby

Publisher: Backbeat Books

ISBN: 1476852782

Category: Music

Page: 216

View: 1717

(Book). Melody is the true heart of music, often inspired by nothing more than the songwriter's muse. Yet melody can be learned. This book teaches the art of melody and how to write effective tunes. Starting from basics, it covers the essentials rhythm, intervals, scales, and harmony and builds to offer a wealth of advanced techniques and tricks. Audio examples are provided for every musical example in the book, allowing musicians to increase their awareness of melody through both sight and sound.

Songwriters Playground

Author: Barbara L. Jordan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781439207970

Category: Music

Page: 108

View: 922

A collection of provocative illustrated exercises designed to tickle and challenge your Inner Songwriter. Based on the highly successful workshops created by the television and film songwriter, Barbara L. Jordan.

The Singer-Songwriter's Guide to Recording in the Home Studio

Author: Shane Adams

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1495070808

Category: Music

Page: 144

View: 1037

(Berklee Guide). Record songs in your own home studio! Today's smart singer-songwriter needs to be able to record high quality demo recordings. Whatever your budget, living arrangement, or technological aptitude, this book will help you acquire songwriter-appropriate home studio gear and use it effectively. You will understand the key concepts about how the recording process works, and how to get the best sound possible out of whatever equipment you own and whatever style of music you produce. This book makes recording easy so you can spend your effeorts thinking about creatieve songwriting and performing, rather than struggling with technology.

The Craft and Business of Songwriting

Author: John Braheny

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 9780898796537

Category: Music

Page: 322

View: 5201

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.

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: 8106

"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.

The Songwriter's and Musician's Guide to Nashville

Author: Sherry Bond

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1581159714

Category: Music

Page: 256

View: 9047

This behind-the scenes look at the Nashville music industry reveals inside tips on how to break through the system and get heard. The new edition includes the latest strategies for Internet marketing, best techniques for pitching songs and artist packages, and more. Songwriters and musicians learn how to get their songs heard in Music City, USA, and find the industry's decision makers.

The Songs of John Lennon

The Beatles Years

Author: John Lennon

Publisher: Berklee Press

ISBN: 9780634017957

Category: Music

Page: 297

View: 5387

(Berklee Press). An essential guide for all songwriters and Beatles fans, this book explores John Lennon's songwriting genius with a guided tour through 25 of his Beatles-era hits. Author John Stevens explains Lennon's intuitive talent from a technical point of view, through the lens of songwriting's three basic elements: melody, harmony and lyric. He shows how Lennon fashioned songs that were at once politically and socially relevant during the '60s, yet remain ageless and timeless today. Features in-depth musical analysis of: A Hard Day's Night * Ticket to Ride * Norwegian Wood * Strawberry Fields Forever * Come Together * and more. John Stevens is a songwriting professor at Berklee College of Music. For more than 20 years, he has taught "The Music of John Lennon," one of the most popular courses in the Berklee curriculum. "You've got the Beatles' records and the John Lennon records; now with this book, you can have the Owner's Manual. This will tell you how the songs are built and how they work. Good stuff." Marshall Crenshaw, Singer/Songwriter

The Craft of Lyric Writing

Author: Sheila Davis

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 9780898791495

Category: Music

Page: 350

View: 798

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 handbook

Author: Harvey Rachlin

Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls Co

ISBN: N.A

Category: Music

Page: 172

View: 2052

A songwriter, record producer, and music publisher discusses the key elements involved in writing songs for advertising, motion pictures, and the theater and gives tips on protecting oneself in contract negotiations and starting a songwriting workshop

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: 1849

(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.

Chord Progressions for Songwriters

Author: Richard J. Scott

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595263844

Category: Music

Page: 496

View: 5273

Each chapter of Chord Progressions For Songwriters provides a comprehensive self-contained lesson on one of twenty-one popular chord progressions that every songwriter should know inside and out. Lessons cover ascending, basic (I-IV), blues, circle (VI-II-V-I), classic rock (I-bVII-IV), combination, descending, doo-wop (I-VIm-IV-V), ending, flamenco (Im-bVII-bVI-V), folk (I-V), introduction, jazz (IIm-V-I), minor blues, one-chord, pedal point, rock and roll (I-IV-V), standard (I-VIm-IIm-V), and turnaround progressions as well as rhythm and Coltrane changes. You will learn how key, duration, substitution, variation (adding or subtracting chords), and displacement (rearranged chord orders) are used to vary the sound of each progression. You will also take a look at the author’s songwriter’s notebook and work through exercises to reinforce key chapter concepts and get you started building your own progressions.

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: 1247

"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!"

The Billboard Guide to Writing and Producing Songs that Sell

How to Create Hits in Today's Music Industry

Author: Eric Beall

Publisher: Billboard Books

ISBN: 0307875180

Category: Music

Page: 288

View: 4611

The Billboard Guide to Writing and Producing Songs that Sell unveils the secrets to climbing the charts and reaching success in today’s ultracompetitive music industry. Eric Beall supplies his firsthand knowledge of today’s record business, as well as interviews with successful writers, producers, and executives from the worlds of pop, hip-hop, country, adult contemporary, and R&B. The result: a proven approach to constructing songs that open doors, create careers, and communicate to listeners around the world. Key areas explored include: •How does a song become a hit? •What makes a song a single? •Is there a formula for creating a hit? Fun and practical exercises provide opportunities to hone skills and expose specific talents, helping songwriters combine their unique voices to the demands of the commercial marketplace. Filled with fresh ideas that will spark beginners and veterans alike, this book will lead the way toward the industry’s ultimate challenge: the creation of that chart-topping hit song. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Popular Lyric Writing

10 Steps to Effective Storytelling

Author: Andrea Stolpe

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1476867437

Category: Music

Page: 160

View: 9422

(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!

How to Write Songs on Keyboards

Author: Rikky Rooksby

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780879308629

Category: Music

Page: 256

View: 4555

(Book). This book helps both keyboard and guitar players to find and develop interesting chords and chord sequences on a keyboard, and then use them to write their own songs. Rather than trying to teach intricate pieces of music, the book breaks things down into a simpler style and concentrates on basic chords and ideas, starting with a simple three-chord song and gradually adding more complex structures. A visual system that virtually eliminates the use of standard music notation allows guitarists who are used to using guitar tablature to feel totally at home. Songwriting issues are also analyzed, including key changes and writing songs in minor keys. The straightforward style of this book will have musicians writing on a keyboard with ease even if they never have before.