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Anyone know of a great songwriting book?

 
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MelodyMaker



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:40 pm    Post subject: Anyone know of a great songwriting book? Reply with quote

Hey everyone!
Kinda new to songwriting/lyric writing and was wondering if anyone knew of any great songwriting books out there? Something that can help me improve on all levels. I know that I can search these forums and the web all day - but maybe some of you pros out there know something that the web doesn't! Help a noob out! Smile

Thank you and looking forward to your responses!
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orpheus2006
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a lot of books available about harmony, chord progressions and song structure of popular songs, full with examples of more or less famous songs, but in the end you remain unable to develop your own melodies and songs.

This one is different:
Melody in Songwriting
It is the only book I constantly go back to in order to learn/review new techniques. Highly recommended!

Note: 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 book does not cover lyric writing, but only includes a few hints on aligning melody and text.
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MelodyMaker



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome suggestions, everyone. Thanks for stepping up.

Found a terrific book, "How to Write a Hit Song, Fifth Edition" by Mollie Leiken.
Also made an appointment to meet in person with the author, who is reviewing some of my lyrics.
Fingers crossed.
Will keep you posted.
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