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Now you can write the songs! Using well-known tunes as examples, this easy-to-follow guide walks you through every aspect of writing lyrics and publishing a song, from choosing a musical style and recording to hiring business players. You'll see how to use rhyme and rhythm in all kinds of music, from blues to rock to commercial jingles.
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Overview

Now you can write the songs! Using well-known tunes as examples, this easy-to-follow guide walks you through every aspect of writing lyrics and publishing a song, from choosing a musical style and recording to hiring business players. You'll see how to use rhyme and rhythm in all kinds of music, from blues to rock to commercial jingles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764554049
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Peterik, a Grammy-winning songwriter, has written 18 Billboard Top 10 hits, including the perennial favorite "Eye of the Tiger" featured in Rocky III.

Dave Austin is a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences "Presidential Award" recipient.

Cathy Lynn is a screenwriter and nonfiction writer.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Part I: So You Want to Write a Song
Chapter 1: Everything You Need to Write a Song
Chapter 2: Coming Up with That Solid-Gold Idea
Chapter 3: Getting Your Song Into Shape: Song Forms
Part II: Unleashing the Lyricist in You
Chapter 4: Snagging Your Listeners with a Hook
Chapter 5: Getting Acquainted with the Different Kinds of Lyrics
Chapter 6: Creating Lyrics
Chapter 7: Using Rhymes in Your Songs
Part III: Creating the Music
Chapter 8: Using Rhythm in Songwriting
Chapter 9: Making Use of Melody in Songwriting
Chapter 10: Using Chords in Songwriting
Part IV: Writing Songs in Different Styles
Chapter 11: From Country to Rock and Everything in Between: The Genres
Chapter 12: Writing for Stage, Screen, and Television
Part V: Getting Down to Business
Chapter 13: Introducing the Business Players
Chapter 14: Looking at the Legal End: Dealing with Paper Work
Chapter 15: Bringing Talent Together: Songwriting Collaboration
Chapter 16: Creating Goals and Meeting Deadlines
Chapter 17: Getting Your Songs Heard: Making the Demo
Chapter 18: Pennies from Heaven: How Your Song Makes Money
Chapter 19: Networking for Songwriters
Part VI: The Part of Tens
Chapter 20: Ten Songwriters You Should Know
Chapter 21: Ten Songwriting Teams You Should Know
Chapter 22: Ten Songs You Should Know
Part VII: Appendixes
Appendix A: Contracts: Where to Find Them and What to Look For
Appendix B: Resources and Contacts
Appendix C: Glossary
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    I'm a working pro in the music industry and I even picked up som

    I'm a working pro in the music industry and I even picked up some good tips. I feel this is a good book.

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