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    Songwriting: Riffs

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    Creative Songwriting (Part 1)  |  Part 2  | 
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    Guitar Riff Songwriting Basics
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    Songwriting - Lyrics and rhymes, song structure, genres and forms, arrangement and instrumentation. ... Solo songwriting/Group songwriting · Professor Riffs

    BBC - Blast - Music - Advice - Lyrics or riff
    Should I start with lyrics or a riff? One of the things about songwriting is that it crosses across all genres and it doesn't matter
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    Songwriting Lesson Highlights at Access Rock
    Riff Writing  |  The Chord Progression  |  Rock Songwriting Pt.1  | 

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    How to create and use harmonic riffs, a very popular technique used in popular song writing. Songs Beginning on Chords other than the Tonic
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    Courses in Songwriting
    BerkleeMusic  |  Express yourself more effectively with words and music. Learn the proven lyric and songwriting techniques that successful writers use to create meaningful verses, progressions, and choruses  | 

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    Booklist:  Songwriting - Riffs

     


     
     
     
     

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    The Craft and Business of Songwriting  -  by John Braheny

     

    by John Braheny  |  About the Author  |  John Braheny is the co-founder/director for the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase, a national non-profit service organization for songwriters. He conducts seminars throughout the U.S. and offers one-on-one consultations with writers, writer/artists and businesses. He lives in North Hollywood, California.

        Discover the secrets of successful songwriting with this essential guide! Cofounder of the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase John Braheny teaches you the craft of songwriting while going behind the scenes of the music business to reveal insider secrets that will make your work stand out. Dozens of exercises, examples and anecdotes from songwriters such as Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, TLC, Lenny Kravitz and Paul McCartney will you show you how to: develop a songwriter's consciousness; overcome barriers in the creative process; write in all musical styles, and for film and TV; and skillfully manage the business of demos and contracts. This updated edition also covers online opportunities for songwriters."A practical street-level look at today's world of songwriting ... Read and learn."- Diane Warren, six-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year with more than 50 Top 10 hits
     
     
     

    Music Write Songwriter Edition  -  by Voyetra

     

    Description
    MusicWrite Songwriter Edition is the perfect tool for anyone who wants to compose and print professional-looking scores right away. Use your MIDIkeyboard or mouse to enter your music, then add lyrics, dynamics, ties,triplets, orchestral markings, and more. Play your piece back on yourcomputer or synthesizer and then print out the parts.

    With MusicWrite Songwriter Edition, you can cut, copy, and paste music into your score just like a word processor. Play your music on a MIDI keyboardand see it transcribed into notation on your PC screen. Print your score,complete with your name, song title, copyright information, and more, inany Microsoft Windows font. Add chord names and guitar symbols. The loop function lets you try different ideas in real time by playing your song whilewhile you are editing and entering notes. Use the symbol palette to enter rests, clefs, chords, and more. Add up to two lines of lyrics. MusicWrite supports all of the common musical symbols, including triplets, ties, and orchestral markings. When finished, preview your score and hit print.
     
     
     

    Singing for the Stars  -  Seth Riggs

     

    A Complete Program for Training Your Voice (Book & 2 CD's)

    Product Description:
    What do Michael Jackson, Anita Baker, Natalie Cole and hundreds of other professionals have in common? They all study voice with Hollywood’s leading vocal coach, Seth Riggs. You can learn to sing like the pros with this complete program for training the voice.
     
     
     

    The Songwriters Idea Book  -  Sheila Davis

    40 Strategies to Excite Your Imagination, Help You Design Distinctive Songs, and Keep Your Creative Flow

    From Book News, Inc.
    Presuming familiarity with the major music forms and the basics of rhyme, rhythm, and plot development, Davis offers sophisticated strategies to create distinctive treatments of classic themes as well as original song titles. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

    Product Description:
    This book reveals the inherent relationship between personality type, brain function and writing style. Includes 40 proven songwriting strategies - guaranteed to spark songwriters' imaginations.
     
     
     
     

    How to Write Songs on Guitar  -  Rikky Rooksby

    A Guitar-Playing and Songwriting Course

    Guitarist:  "An extremely valuable source book for wannabe songwriters as well as a highly readable journey of the popular song."

    Product Description:
    Rikky Rooksby helps you transform your guitar-playing skills into creative songwriting techniques. Using well-known songs as examples, plus lots of easy-to-read graphics, he explains and demonstrates how lyrics, melody, harmony, and rhythm work in a song. Rikky's straightforward style will have you up and writing on your guitar with easeâ€"even if you never have before.

    You'll learn how to write words to melodies and vice versa; how to understand, develop, and embellish a melody; how chords create harmony; and how tempos and time signatures differ. The book also analyzes classic and unusual song structures and their elementsâ€"from intros to bridges to codasâ€"and discusses the benefits and problems of writing songs on different kinds of guitars.
     
     
     

    Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure -  Pat Pattison

     

    Product Description:
    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
     
     
     

    How to Write a Hit Song  -  Molly-Ann Leikin

    The Complete Guide to Writing and Marketing Chart-Topping Lyrics and Music

    Guitarist:  "An extremely valuable source book for wannabe songwriters as well as a highly readable journey of the popular song."

    Product Description:
    Rikky Rooksby helps you transform your guitar-playing skills into creative songwriting techniques. Using well-known songs as examples, plus lots of easy-to-read graphics, he explains and demonstrates how lyrics, melody, harmony, and rhythm work in a song. Rikky's straightforward style will have you up and writing on your guitar with easeâ€"even if you never have before.

    You'll learn how to write words to melodies and vice versa; how to understand, develop, and embellish a melody; how chords create harmony; and how tempos and time signatures differ. The book also analyzes classic and unusual song structures and their elementsâ€"from intros to bridges to codasâ€"and discusses the benefits and problems of writing songs on different kinds of guitars.
     
     
     

    Melody in Songwriting

     Tools and Techniques for Writing Hit Songs (Berklee Guide)  |  by Jack Perricone

    Product Description:
    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!

    Jack Perricone is a great admirer (and practitioner!) of the pop song, and in this book he outlines successful strategies for songwriters to get back IN the groove, or to break OUT of their writing "ruts". Granted, this material may seem rather "heady" at times, and less intuitive than we like to think creativity is, but when you need a jumpstart to get back on track, you'll be glad to have this assortment of options at hand. Although this book is nominally about Melody only, the author includes all other song components as they interact, and provides a fresh perspective and analysis on how and why certain songs reach us and connect with the public. There's as much respect shown toward rock and blues songs as more traditional pop, and a lot of very valuable stuff for writers of ALL styles of songs.
     
     
     

    Solo : Women Singer-Songwriters in Their Own Words  -  Marc Woodworth

     

    Sarah McLachlan:
    "When I sang and played I'd get completely lost in what I was doing. During that time, I was no longer this stupid, useless little ten-year-old who didn't have any friends. I was someplace else, where none of that could touch me."

    Jewel:
    "Fame exists in other people's minds. I can't experience my own fame at all but I experience it in other people's eyes when I look at them and see that they're scared."

    Shawn Colvin:
    "Giving up addiction was the springboard into adult thinking. I realized that everything was a choice. The world was an open book. Nothing was the same after that."

    Sheryl Crow:
    "I always pictured myself as a loner off living like a Jack Kerouac character or, worse, someone out of a Charles Bukowski book, one of those down-and-outers who works at a gas station and has no one and no family."

    Lucinda Williams:
    "I don't want to offend anyone, but I like to push people's buttons. While I want to appeal to people in all walks of life, I also want to get a response, make them think."
     
     
     
     
     

    Writing Better Lyrics  -  by Pat Pattison

    About the Author
    Pat Pattison is a professor of music and songwriting at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he developed the curriculum for their degree in songwriting--the first of its kind anywhere. He was a regular contributor to Home and Studio Recording Magazine. He lives in North Hampton, New Hampshire.

    Product Description:
    Pattison presents a unique, in-depth approach to the process of lyric writing. Apprentice songwriters will examine 17 extraordinary songs and learn the distinct elements that make them so effective. Pattison then presents more than 30 lyric-writing exercises designed to help them achieve the same results. From generating lyric ideas and managing repetition to developing verses, it's all here. Songwriters will:

    * find warm-up exercises that revolutionize songwriting imagery
    * use a rhyming dictionary and a thesaurus to generate ideas and find snappy rhymes
    * create meaningful metaphors and similes while avoiding clichés
    * develop verses by using or by breaking conventional rules
    * experiment with point of view in every lyric to make a song stand out
     
     
     
     
     

    Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure  -   Pat Pattison

     

    Product Description:
    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 Complete Rhyming Dictionary  -  by Clement Wood

    From the Publisher
    This simple-to-use, exceptionally complete reference work has been updated, expanded and redesigned to meet the needs of today's most demanding wordsmiths. Included here are over 10,000 new entries--over 60,000 in all, sight, vowel, consonant, and one-, two-, and three-syllable rhymes.

    From the Inside Flap
    This simple-to-use, exceptionally complete reference work has been updated, expanded and redesigned to meet the needs of today's most demanding wordsmiths. Included here are over 10,000 new entries--over 60,000 in all, sight, vowel, consonant, and one-, two-, and three-syllable rhymes.
     
     
     

    Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure  -  by Pat Pattison

     

    Tools and Techniques for Writing Better Lyrics

    Description:
    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.

    Pat Pattison has been teaching lyric song writing and poetry at Berklee College of Music since 1975, and has played an integral part in developing Berklee's songwriting program, which was the first complete songwriting degree program to be offered anywhere, and is arguably the best in the world. Among the many other vast contributions Pat makes to the music industry, he also spends a lot of time writing in Nashville, works for TV and film, and does a ton of workshops and clinics all over the world.

    In the forward of "Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure" Pat indicates that "This is not a general book on lyric writing...it's specific purpose is to help you handle your lyric structure more effectively."

    This is great because, instead of trying to deal with all aspects of lyric writing in a diluted overview, Pat instead, offers a very concentrated and detailed discourse on the aspect of song craft that seems to be most absent in most songwriters background...the deliberate use of structure.
     
     
     

    Music Publishing: A Songwriter's Guide  -  Randy Poe 
     

    Description:
    Music Publishing: A Songwriter's Guide- revised 2nd edition contains everything a songwriter needs to know about the publishing industry. It has been revised to contain information about new media such as CD-ROM, the internet and sampling.
     
     
     
     
     

    Complete Idiot's Guide to Songwriting

    Description:
    Song has been a part of people's culture since the beginning. From classical and rock and roll to country and jazz-- there are hundreds of thousands of budding and established songwriters burning to write the next great hit. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Songwriting is the one-stop resource for all inspiring songwriters to learn how much musical training is needed, how to put together the basics of a song for various popular genres, how to tailor songs to different industries (TV and film), how to get great ideas, where to find collaborators, publishers and agents and how the Internet is impacting the world of songwriting
     
     
     

    Songwriters on Songwriting  -  Paul Zollo

     

    Description:
    An expanded edition of a classic collection of interviews with the greatest songwriters of our time.

    This expanded fourth edition of Songwriters on Songwriting includes ten new interviews--with Alanis Morissette, Lenny Kravitz, Lou Reed, and others. In these pages, sixty-two of the greatest songwriters of our time go straight to the source of the magic of songwriting by offering their thoughts, feelings, and opinions on their art. Representing almost every genre of popular music, from blues to pop to rock, here are the figures that have shaped American music as we know it.
     
     
     
     
     

    Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write,and Understand Written Music  -  Jonathan Harnum

     

    Description:
    A freindly, clearly explained primer for music theory. From what is a staff to basic chord progressions and everything in between, including key signatures, scales, modes, and much more.

    Each chapter and section includes a comprehensive, cross-referenced review, specially designed for optimal memorization. In addition, practical use exercises reinforce what is learned.

    Book contains a large glossary, index, blank staff paper, and a piano keyboard which doubles as a bookmark and is used with the reviews.

    An excellent and friendly book.
     
      
     
     

    The Big Book of Staff Paper  -  Hal Leonard

    Description:
    This 1-1/4 inch.-thick edition is the ultimate book of staff paper - perfect for students, teachers, or any musician! It includes 512 perforated pages with 12 staves per page, plus a helpful music notation guide. 8-1/2 inch. x 11 inch..   


     
     
     
     
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