Songwriting: A Complete Guide to the Craft Revised and Updated Edition

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(Limelight). Songwriting: A Complete Guide to the Craft is both a comprehensive course for beginning and experienced songwriters and a rich source of new ideas, inspiration, and tricks of the trade for those who have already achieved professional standing. This fresh new edition not only contains all of the original volume's cogent advice on how to write the always-popular genres the country song, the ballad, and the love song but has been revised to include:
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Overview

(Limelight). Songwriting: A Complete Guide to the Craft is both a comprehensive course for beginning and experienced songwriters and a rich source of new ideas, inspiration, and tricks of the trade for those who have already achieved professional standing. This fresh new edition not only contains all of the original volume's cogent advice on how to write the always-popular genres the country song, the ballad, and the love song but has been revised to include:
• Examples of hard rock, acid, heavy metal, bubblegum, hip-hop, salsa, rap, gangsta, reggae, ska, soul, and many other of today's most recorded styles
• Finding a song concept, distilling the hook, choosing a form, adding harmony, and selecting rhythm
• An appendix telling how to copyright, computerize, notate, record, and sell your song
• Full glossary of musical and songwriting terms, an explanation of rap-speak with a useful section on rhyme for rap songs, many musical examples of well-known songs, and a complete index Unlike other books, Songwriting emphasizes the art without being arty and technique of creating a song. For the novice, Stephen Citron goes step-by-step through the writing of a song presupposing no prior knowledge of notation, harmony, rhythmic values, or rhyme. For the more experienced songwriter, Songwriting will serve as a one-stop reference and as an endless source of fresh ideas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879103576
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Series: Songwriting: A Complete Guide to the Craft Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 392,552
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

First Considerations 1

Pt. I Lyrics

1 Construction and Form 13

2 Types of Songs 75

3 Rhyme 107

4 Word Usage 123

Pt. II Music

5 Melody 133

6 Chords 181

7 Scales 193

8 Harmony 201

9 Rhythm 229

After the Song is Completed 251

Afterword 277

Appendix 279

Glossary 291

Bibliography 309

Permissions 313

Index 321

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Avery nice guide that pays attention to detail without being confusing.

    In my opinion, this book is a freat guide which goes precisely into the desired detail without overwhelming the reader. Stephen Citron gives a very organized way of looking at this craft and even makes it fit with music theory in a very simple way that even a dummy would get the idea. Moreover, this book can be used by beginners and professionals, it does not matter how your level of expertise is in this area. This book is absolutely a must have if you want to be a well rounded songwritter.

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