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Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting (Hardcover) - by Jimmy Webb
From Publishers Weekly

   The only artist to receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration, Webb has written many of the most memorable songs performed by the Fifth Dimension ("Up, Up and Away"), Donna Summer ("MacArthur Park") and Amy Grant ("If These Walls Could Speak"), among others. 

   Here he seeks to impart the tools of the trade to songwriters "who may be attempting the delicate transition from amateur to professional." Covering technical matters from basic chord theory and rhyme schemes to the protocol of pitching songs, Webb draws on a trove of personal anecdotes from a career spanning more than two decades. In addition to salient comments on today's music scene, Webb cites numerous examples from the past and includes sections on writing for the stage and film. 

   Of greatest value, perhaps, are the exercises suggested for developing song ideas, which will help anyone stumbling through a period of writer's block. While Webb's fans will revel in the behind-the-scenes details of his career and a candid view of his artistic process, others may wish that the asides, finger pointing (at arrogant co-writers) and Webb's own pet peeves (e.g., no-talent spouses who insist on songwriting credits on their partner's records) had been left out. 

   And Webb's nuts-and-bolts approach somehow undercuts every songwriter's need for that spark of absolute inspiration. For those interested in the latter, Songwriters on Songwriting: The Expanded Version (Da Capo, 1997), a collection of interviews between editor Paul Zollo and a variety of songwriters, including Webb, is the ticket.

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Melody in Songwriting: Tools and Techniques for Writing Hit Songs (Berklee Guide) - by Jack Perricone
Product Description

   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! By frankp93 "frankp93" This terrific book examines what might be called a "theory of melody" as applied to songwriting, although many of the principles Perricone demonstrates come straight out of classical composition and could be applied to melody in many contexts other than popular song. 

   The author wisely divides the work into two large areas he calls "Melody: Its Components" and "Melody-Harmony Relationships". Separating the horizontal and vertical aspects of melody is an effective learning tool, though such a line would likely never be drawn in the intuitive act of composing. The Components part of the book deals with the behavior of tones and the contruction of melody: the influence of rhythm on phrases, devices to develop and contrast motives and the expansion of this basic material into larger sections is covered. 

   The second part of the book introduces the harmonic element, placing the melodic invention of the first part into its traditional context. Unless you're planning to write Gregorian chant or solo voice Appalachian ballads, your melodies interact with, and are to a certain extent a function of, the underlying harmony. Tension tones, and the influence of target and bass tones are explored. 

   Gradually the integration of harmony and melody unfolds and a set of tools are demonstrated for creating both chord progressions and corresponding melody. Indeed, much of this material is as applicable to jazz improvisation and composition as it is to songwriting. 

   The author assumes you're familiar with musical notation and the harmony illustrations are keyboard-oriented, so if you're a guitarist you'll have to adapt the chord symbols to your own voicings. The harmonic vocabulary covers a broad range of musical styles and should be familiar to rock/pop musicians as well as those interested in jazz/show tunes. 

   There are a number of references to well-known songs, but in contrast to Jimmy Kochulis' books, Perricone relies somewhat less on examples and possibly more on the individual's own initiative. He assumes you've got the listening background and experience and have confidence beyond the phase of literal imitation (a phase that's nothing to be ashamed of and has been the starting point for most composers throughout history). There's a tremendous amount of useful material here for those willing to work at it. 

   This is not a "write a hit song in 21 days"-type of book. It's a serious composition text that will reward serious study.

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    Melody in Songwriting: Tools and Techniques for Writing Hit Songs (Berklee Guide) - by Jack Perricone
    Product Description

       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! By frankp93 "frankp93" This terrific book examines what might be called a "theory of melody" as applied to songwriting, although many of the principles Perricone demonstrates come straight out of classical composition and could be applied to melody in many contexts other than popular song. 

       The author wisely divides the work into two large areas he calls "Melody: Its Components" and "Melody-Harmony Relationships". Separating the horizontal and vertical aspects of melody is an effective learning tool, though such a line would likely never be drawn in the intuitive act of composing. The Components part of the book deals with the behavior of tones and the contruction of melody: the influence of rhythm on phrases, devices to develop and contrast motives and the expansion of this basic material into larger sections is covered. 

       The second part of the book introduces the harmonic element, placing the melodic invention of the first part into its traditional context. Unless you're planning to write Gregorian chant or solo voice Appalachian ballads, your melodies interact with, and are to a certain extent a function of, the underlying harmony. Tension tones, and the influence of target and bass tones are explored. 

       Gradually the integration of harmony and melody unfolds and a set of tools are demonstrated for creating both chord progressions and corresponding melody. Indeed, much of this material is as applicable to jazz improvisation and composition as it is to songwriting. 

       The author assumes you're familiar with musical notation and the harmony illustrations are keyboard-oriented, so if you're a guitarist you'll have to adapt the chord symbols to your own voicings. The harmonic vocabulary covers a broad range of musical styles and should be familiar to rock/pop musicians as well as those interested in jazz/show tunes.

       There are a number of references to well-known songs, but in contrast to Jimmy Kochulis' books, Perricone relies somewhat less on examples and possibly more on the individual's own initiative. He assumes you've got the listening background and experience and have confidence beyond the phase of literal imitation (a phase that's nothing to be ashamed of and has been the starting point for most composers throughout history). There's a tremendous amount of useful material here for those willing to work at it. 

       This is not a "write a hit song in 21 days"-type of book. It's a serious composition text that will reward serious study.

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    Songwriting Essential Guide to Rhyming

    88 Songwriting Wrongs & How to Right Them:Concrete Ways to Improve Your Songwriting and Make Your Songs More Marketable

    The Craft and Business of Songwriting, Second Edition

    How to Write Songs on Guitar  |  A Guitar-Playing and Songwriting Course

    The Songwriting Sourcebook  |  How to Turn Chords Into Great Songs

    Songwriting for Dummies

    The Craft of Lyric Writing

    The Songwriter's Workshop: Melody

    You've Written A Song, So Now What?

    Fretboard Logic SE  |  The Reasoning Behind the Guitar's Unique Tuning + Chords Scales and Arpeggios Complete (The Fretboard Logic Guitar Method Parts  I

    Hearing and Writing Music  |  Professional Training for Today's Musician (2nd Edition)

    The Songwriters Idea Book: 40 Strategies to Excite Your Imagination, Help You Design Distinctive Songs, and Keep Your Creative Flow

    Songwriters on Songwriting

    2005 Song Writer's Market

    Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting

    Rock Troubadours:  Conversations on the Art and Craft of Songwriting with Jerry Garcia, Ani DiFranco, Dave Matthews, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and More

    FastTrack Lead Singer Method - Book 1

    The Craft and Business of Songwriting (2nd Edition)

    Melody in Songwriting  |  Tools and Techniques for Writing Hit Songs (Berklee Guide)

    The Songwriting Sourcebook  |  How to Turn Chords Into Great Songs

    6 Steps to Songwriting Success  |  The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs

    Writing the Broadway Musical

    Computer Music  |  The Complete Guide For Mac And Pc - Includes Cd-Rom

    How to Write Songs on Guitar: |   A Guitar-Playing and Songwriting Course


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    The Craft & Business of Songwriting - Author: John Braheny
    Book Description

       Combines inspirational craft tips with practical business lessons Features examples and career advice drawn from successful artists in a variety of genres, from country to hip-hop 

       Perfect for beginners who want an overview of the business Writing great songs is only half the work of becoming a successful songwriter - you also have to manage your business. Perfect for beginners and working songwriters alike, 

       The Craft & Business of Songwriting features dozens of exercises, examples, and anecdotes from successful songwriters including Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, and Paul McCartney. With all this and more, readers will find the insider secrets they need to make them more competitive in a crowded marketplace." 

       About the Author
    John Braheny co-founded and directed the Los Angeles Screenwriters Showcase, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for songwriters to be discovered. Braheny is also a journalist, talk show host, teacher, and consultant. 
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    Writing Lyrics - Keeping it Simple
     
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    Writing on Assignment
     
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    The Basic Forms
     
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    Song Construction:  Repetition
     
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    Rewriting: Your Essential Tool Kit
     
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    Song Dynamics: Getting Their Attention
     
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    Clichés
     
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    Chorus Construction
     
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    Choosing a Form
     
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    Writing For Specialty Markets
     
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    Pre-Choruses & Bridges
     
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    Developing Successful Song Stuctures
     
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    Visualizing a Hit
     
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    Rewriting Lyrics
     
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    The Importance of Contrast
     
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    Ten Tips for Building Stronger Songs
     
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    Stairway to Your First Cut
     
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    A Good Melody is Like Sex
     
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    18 More Songwriting Tips
     
    ..Christopher Knab
     

    How to Write an Artist Biography: A Bio Made Simple
     
    ..Christopher Knab
     

    The "Creative" You and the "Business" You
     
    ..Christopher Knab
     

    How and Why Major Labels and Independent Labels Work Together
     
    ..Christopher Knab
     

    10 Essential Tips for Making a Living with Your Music
     
    ..Christopher Knab
     

    10 Reasons Why Most Demos are Rejected
     
    ..Christopher Knab
     

    35 Tips for Self-Management as a Musician
     
    ..Christopher Knab
     

    Income and Expenses for Developing Your Music Career
     
    ..Christopher Knab
     

    25 Things to Remember About Record Distribution
     
    ..Christopher Knab
     

    Becoming A 'Priority' At A Record Label
     
    ..Christopher Knab
     

    Music Business Internships Do's and Don'ts
     
    ..Christopher Knab
     

    Thoughts for the Aspiring Musician
     
    ..Christopher Knab
     

    Copyright and Songwriting Basics
     
    ..Christopher Knab
     

    10 'Reality Sandwiches' For The Independent Musician
     
    ..Christopher Knab
     

    Planning Your Music Career: Part 1
     
      Christopher Knab
     

    Ten Tips for Developing Musicians
     
    ..Ken Hill
     

    Mastering Your Music
     
    ..Ken Hill
     

    Sell Your CDs Online
     
    ..Ken Hill
     

    Performance Contracts
     
    ..Ken Hill
     

    How to Write a Press Release
     
      Ken Hill
     

    Guerrilla Marketing Tips
     
    ..Ken Hill
     

    Tax Tips for Musicians
     
    ..Marco Kasell
     

    7 Steps to a Successful Audition
     
    ..Shena Metal 
     

    Set Goals: Your Rockstardom Wasn't Built in a Day
     
    ..Jeff Wheaton
     

    Your First Recording Session
     
    ..Jan Smith
     

    Coping with Stage Fright
     
    ..Shena Metal
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    Stop Burning Bridges... or Your Career Might Go Up in Flames
    ..Chris Standring
     

    Take Control of Your Career Now
     
    ..Chris Standring
     

    How to Help the Music Industry Take You Seriously
     
    ..Chris Knab
     

    An Introduction to the FourFront Music Marketing Concept
     
    ..John Battaglia
     

    Re-Thinking Your Image: Creating a Signature Style
     
    ..Marc Gunn
     

    Your Speaking Skills Can Make You a Better Performer
     
    ..Mara
     

    So You Want to Quit Your Day Job?
     
    ..Gian M. Fiero
     

    The X Factor: What is it and do YOU have "IT"?
     
    ..Kenny Love
     

    Are You Ready? Are You *Really* Ready?
     
    ..Jeremy Rwakaara
     

    10 Things to Do Before You Release Your Album
     
    ..Eric Barouti
     

    Having Two Ears
     
    ..Keith Holzman
     

    How to Reduce Your CD Manufacturing Costs
     
    ..John Vestman
     

    Cutting a 'Hot' CD
     
    ..Chris Knab
     

    Top Ten Graphic Tips for Designing CDs
     
    ..Chris Knab
     

    What You Should Know About Your Fans
     
    ..Jaci Rae
     

    Finding A Manager
     
    ..MusicBizAcademy
     

    Music Business Article Index
     
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    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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  • How You Can Improve Your Songwriting Skill
  • 5 Songwriting Tips
  • Careers in Songwriting
  • Join A Songwriting Forum - It's A Good Idea!
  • How to Become a Songwriter - 2
  • Show Off Your Musical Talent by Entering a Songwriting Contest
  • Songwriting Contest Observations
  • Songwriting Tips - A Common Problem That Songwriters Face
  • Songwriting Zen - Songwriting Is Life Itself
  • Songwriting Zen - Songwriting Is Like Aural Photography
  • Songwriting Tip - Start A Journal Today
  • 3 Simple But Powerful Songwriting Tips
  • Songwriting Tip - Collaborating With Other Songwriters
  • Make Money with Your Music - the Top 5 Ways
  • How To Overcome The Lyric Writing Hurdles That Are Keeping You Behind
  • To Find Yourself In Your Song Writing
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  • Songwriting - The Art of Writing a Good Song
  • Do Musicians Make Better Songwriters?
  • Managing Your Time, when Music isn't Your "Day Job"
  • Use Drumloops and Samples for Making Up Great Songs
  • Song Lyrics - Creating Possible Song Titles
  • Guitar Online Schools
  • Songwriters
  • The Songwriting Habits
  • Audience's Perception Of Songs
  • How To Write A Song
  • Seven Basic Songwriting Errors
  • SONGWRITING - Inspiration or Perspiration?
  • Staying True To Your Music – And Pursuing Success
  • Write The Next Chart Topper - Start With Blues Piano
  • How to Develop a Good Ear
  • Develop Better Ears and Become a Stronger Musician
  • Why Hit Songs Aren't Hit or Miss
  • How to Get A Songwriting Record Deal
  • Write Songs the Music Industry Wants to Hear!
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  • Songwriting Tip - Conquering Writers Block
  • Online Music Courses
  • The Role of CD Mastering Engineers
  • Jealous Again - Jealousy Among Musicians
  • So, You Want To Collaborate? The Key to Success For Songwriters
  • Soundtrack Lyrics
  • Beautiful Dreamer, Stephen Foster, America's First Folk Song Writer
  • Hooks to Hits: The Key to Writing Songs That Sell
  • Killing Her Softly With Their Song
  • Song Writing: To Find Yourself In The Music You Compose
  • So You Wrote Some Lyrics-2
  • Visualization Techniques for the Pianist
  • Sound Technology Schools Teach Art of Acoustics
  • Dividing Your Practice Time
  • Creative And Feeling Alone? What To Do When Your Friends Don't Support Your Creative Life
  • The Life and Legacy of John Denver
  • Rock & Roll Feature: Dylan Bringing the Controversy All Back Home
  • Songwriting Ideas
  • 10 Ways for Unknown Musicians to Get the Word Out
  • Why Play Cover Songs
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  • Songwriter Confessions #1
  • Writing Hit Songs
  • Guitar - Beyond The Chord Chart
  • Going Seamless: Dissolving the Brain Divide
  • Why Artist Development Makes A Difference
  • Turning a Band Into Songwriters - 10 Songs In One Hour
  • 5 Songwriting Tips For The Lazy
  • To Record or Not To Record - At Home, That Is
  • Tapping Into Your Musical Side - Writing Song Lyrics
  • How To Get Signed To A Label - Top 10 Ways
  • Copyright Basics for Songwriters
  • Why You Must Stay On Course
  • The Gig Is Up - Getting Those Gigs
  • Every Song Tells A Story...But Does It Need To Be An Abstract Novel?
  • What Bruce Springsteen Taught Me About Writing
  • People are Turning to Meaningful Songs for Emotional and Spiritual Relief:
  • Improvisation in Music: Is that What Your Soul is Saying or are You Just Regurgitating?
  • JOHN LENNON - The Man and His Times
  • Tips on Songwriting
  • 100 Tips to Market Your Music - Part 2
  • How To Break A #1 Hit Song On MP3.com
  • How to Become a Successful Independent Artist or Songwriter 
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  • Sonic ReFill Vol. 13: World Percussion (Reason Refills)
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  • The Essence of Afro-Cuban Percussion and Drum Set  /  Ed Uribe
  • Melodic Rhythms for Guitar /: William Leavitt
  • Encyclopedia of Rhythms: /: Joseph Schillinger
  • When the Drummers Were Women /: Layne Redmond
  • Rhythm Riffs /: Greg Koch
  • Rhythm Reading /: Daniel Kazez
  • Scales, Intervals, Keys, Triads, Rhythm, and Meter / John L. Clough
  • Rhythm & Pitch /: Stevenson
  • Rhythm Science / Paul D. Miller
  • Time in Indian Music /: Martin Clayton
  • Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset /: Duduka Da Fonseca
  • Rhythm & Meter Patterns / Gary Chaffee
  • Rhythm / David Mead
  • Metal Rhythm Guitar Vol. 1 /: Troy Stetina
  • Sight-Read Any Rhythm Instantly / Mark Phillips
  • Sight Singing / Samuel Adler
  • National Rhythms, African Roots / John Charles Chasteen
  • Rhythmic Gesture in Mozart /: Wye Jamison Allanbrook
  • Rhythm, Music, and the Brain / Michael Thaut
  • Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset /: Frank Malabe
  • Rhythm & Meter Patterns /: Gary Chaffee
  • Complete Rhythm Guitar Guide for Blues Bands / Larry McCabe
  • Drum Machine Patterns / Rene-Pierre Bardet
  • Rhythm, Music, and the Brain /: Michael Thaut
  • World Beat Rhythms / Maria Martinez
  • The Latin Beat / Ed Morales
  • Rhythm /: Julia Schnebly-Black
  • Portraits in Rhythm Study / Anthony J. Cirone
  • West African Rhythms for Drumset / Royal Hartigan
  • Egyptian Rhythm /: Moustafa Gadalla
  • Rhythm and Noise / Theodore Gracyk
  • Encyclopedia of Reading Rhythms / Gary Hess
  • A Rhythmic Vocabulary / Alan L. Dworsky
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  • Megalithic Measures and Rhythms / Anne Macaulay
  • The Rhythm Section / Mark Burnell
  • Rhythmanalysis / Henri Lefebvre
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  • Essentials of Music Theory /: Karen Farnum Surmani
  • Rhythms /: Donna Hill
  • Guitar Method Rhythm /: Gary Turner
  • Music is Math / Dr. Oliver W. Luck
  • Jazz Rhythm and the Improvised Line Jazz Improvisation../:John Mehegan
  • Roland Drum Machine Rhythm Dictionary
  • Rhythm Sec Grooves Bass/drum /: Craig Lauritsen
  • Sight Reading /: Alex Pertout
  • Rhythm Section Method / Craig Lauritsen
  • Drumscapes / Andy Ziker
  • Metre, Rhythm and Verse Form /: P. Hobsbaum
  • Basic Jazz Rhythm Guitar /: Corey Christiansen
  • Basics in Rhythm /: Garwood Whaley
  • Blue Rhythms / Chip Deffaa
  • Rhythm and Timing of Movement in Performance / Janet Goodridge
  • Sacred Rhythms /: Ruth Haley Barton
  • Poetic Rhythm: /: Derek Attridge
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  • Contents  |  Preface  |  Goals  |  A Brief History Of Jazz  |  Early Jazz  |  Big Band Jazz and Swing  |  Bebop  |  Cool Jazz  |  Hard Bop  |  Post Bop  |  Free Jazz and the Avant Garde  |  Fusion  |  Post Modern Jazz  |  The Present  |
  • Jazz Fundamentals  |  Structure  |  Swing  -  Definition  -  Practicing Swing  |  Creativity  -  The Creative Process  -  Playing  |
  • Chord/Scale Relationships  |  Basic Theory  -  Intervals  -  Major And Minor Scales  -  Chords  -  The Circle Of Fifths   |  Major Scale Harmony  -  Major Scale  -  Dorian Mode  -  Phrygian Mode  -  Lydian Mode  -  Mixolydian Mode  -  Minor Scale  -  Locrian Mode   |  Melodic Minor Harmony  -  Phrygian #6  -  Lydian Augmented  -  Lydian Dominant  -  Fifth Mode  -  Locrian #2  -  Altered Scale   |  Symmetric Scales  -  Whole Tone Scale  -  The Diminished Scales  |  Pentatonic Scales  |  Derived Scales  -  The Blues Scale  -  Minor Scales  -  Bebop Scales  -  Synthetic Scales   |  Chord/Scale Chart   |
  • Applying The Theory To Improvisation  |  Melodic Development  -  Pacing  -  Phrase Construction  |  Playing Changes  -  ii-V  (Major Keys  -  Minor Keys)  -  Blues  -  Rhythm Changes  -  Coltrane Changes  |  Modal Improvisation  |  Chromaticism  |  Non-tonal Improvisation  |  Free Improvisation  |
  • Accompanying  |  Chordal Instruments  |  Chord Voicings  -   3/7 Voicings  -  Quartal Voicings  -  Polychord and Upper Structure Voicings  -  Close Position and Drop Voicings  -  Other Scale Based Voicings  |  Reharmonizing  |  Comping Rhythms   |  Bass  |  Walking Bass Lines  |  Pedal Point  |  Counterpoint  |  Other Bass Patterns  |  Drums  |  Other Instruments  |
  • Playing With Others  |  Organization  |  Dealing With Problems  |
  • Listening Analytically  |
  • Breaking The Rules  |
  • Annotated Bibliography  |  Fakebooks  |  Instructional Books  |  History And Biography  |
  • Annotated Discography  |  Basic Recommendations  |  Listing  | 
  • Jazz Standards

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  • Experimental Music  |  Isaacson Lejaren
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  • Instrumental music  |  Music Library Assn
  • Composing Matters  |  Patrick Allen
  • Listening to Music  |  Helen MacGregor
  • Composing and Compositions with CD  |  Leni Stern
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  • Modern arranging technique  |  Gordon Delamont
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  • Modern Improvising and Application of Ideas to Melody  |  George Green
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  • Improvising Jazz Piano  |  John Mehegan
  • Improvising basic blues  |  String Letter Press
  • 25 Ways to Improve Your Improvising for Guitar  |  Jay Marks
  • Improvising Jazz Bass  |  Rick Laird
  • Guitar Adlib  |  James Bryer
  • Improvising riffs and figures  |  Harold Branch
  • The chord approach to improvising for all treble clef instruments (Unknown Binding)  |  Walter Stuart
  • Improvising Jazz Lines  |  Hal Leonard
  • Triadic energy  |  Lenny Carlson
  • Jazz improvising for all bass instruments  |  Walter Stuart
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  • Harmonic current theory of chord progression  | Lawrence Kaelin
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  • Creative Comping Concepts for Jazz Guitar  |  Mark Boling
  • Guide Tones for Jazz Chords, Line & Comping for Guitar  | Sid Jacobs
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  • Transcribed piano voicings  |  Jamey Aebersold
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  • The Piano Quartet and Quintet : Style, Structure, and Scoring  | Basil Smallman
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  • Connecting Chords with Linear Harmony  |  Bert Ligon 
  • Reharmonization Techniques  |  Randy Felts
  • Modern Piano Playing  |  Karl Leimer
  • Style in Piano Playing  |  Peter Cooper
  • Anxiety and Musical Performance  |  Dale Reubart
  • The Art of Successful Rhythm Piano-Keyboard Playing  |  Andrew D. Gordon
  • Piano in the Rhythm Section with CD  |  Tom Rainer
  • Aspects of Stravinsky's use of rhythm after Le sacre du printemps with particular emphasis on The sonata for two pianos  |  Lloyd H Slind
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  • Piano Improvisation on Rhythm and Dissonant Chords  |  Arthur: C. Rummo
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  • The Language of the Blues  |  Debra DeSalvo
  • The Art of the Piano  |  David Dubal
  • The Essence of Afro-Cuban Percussion and Drum Set  |  Ed Uribe
  • Rhythm & Meter Patterns  |  Gary Chaffee
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  • Bebop Jazz Piano  |  John Valerio
  • Performance Practices in Classic Piano Music  |  Sandra P. Rosenblum
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  • Introduction to the Creation of Electroacousti Music  |  Samuel Pellman
  • The Composition of the Organ  |  Ernest M. Skinner
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