Successful Lyric Writing

Successful Lyric Writing

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by Sheila Davis
     
 

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"Here is your guide to the art and craft of writing words to and for music--and the only practical, self-contained lyric writing course available in book form.

A sequel to noted songwriter-teacher Sheila Davis' The Craft of Lyric Writing, this workbook will give you a solid foundation of theory and new insights into the subtleties of craftsmanship, whether

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"Here is your guide to the art and craft of writing words to and for music--and the only practical, self-contained lyric writing course available in book form.

A sequel to noted songwriter-teacher Sheila Davis' The Craft of Lyric Writing, this workbook will give you a solid foundation of theory and new insights into the subtleties of craftsmanship, whether you're a new or professional songwriter and whether your targeted market is country, gospel, top-40 or theatre.

Inside you'll find a series of ""student tested"" exercises, practice critiques and quizzes that reinforce songwriting theory each step of the way and prepare you for the book's main feature--ten specially designed lyric writing assignments.

You'll learn:

  • how to create a memorable song title
  • how to choose the best music form for each idea
  • how to apply writing principles and avoid common pitfalls
  • how to devise successful metaphors
  • how to develop a plot to a satisfactory conclusion
  • how to write with both sides of your brain
  • how to rethink, reshape and revise; and how to find your voice

Once you've learned the techniques of Successful Lyric Writing, Sheila Davis gets you ready to expand your songwriting abilities on your own and realize your growth potential within the music industry by providing: tips on forming a local songwriting group so you can meet with fellow songwriters to help you go from preprofessional to professional; guidelines to conduct a professional critique session so you can gain insights into how effectively your words are conveying your meaning to your audience; steps on organizing your own Successful Lyric Writing workshops to furthur hone your writing skills; answers to quizzes and practice critiques so you're able to compare your evaluations with the author's; ""storage space"" in the appendix for you to record future song ideas; a songwriter's bibliography; and a listing of more than 60 songwriting organizations to help you connect with your chosen marketplace.

In short, Successful Lyric Writing provides everything you need to take your talent to the limit and become a first-rate professional.

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Editorial Reviews

Soundboard, Phoenix, AZ
This is the first published book in workbook format on the art and craft of writing words to and for music and a sequel to Davis's popular book The Craft of Lyric Writing. Successful Lyric Writing presents a series of "student-tested" exercises, practice critiques, and quizzes that reinforces songwriting theory and prepares songwriters for the main feature of the book - ten specially-designed lyric-writing assignments. Davis concludes the course by teaching songwriters to expand their songwriting abilities on their own and realize their growth potential within the music industry. She provides them with guidelines to conduct a professional critique session, to analyze their work and the work of others, steps on organizing a workshop, ideas for starting a local songwriting group - in short, everything songwriters need to take their talent to the limit and become first-rate professionals.
National Academy of Songwriters
From the author of The Craft of Lyric Writing, you might expect the world, and happily, in this case, you get it. This is a highly focused look at the theory, principles and song forms behind today's successful lyrics. From her very first thoughts on "a genuine idea," this book is a captivating and, most of all, involving study that takes you where you want to go. Outside of an extended classroom situation, you won't find a course or a book that is as comprehensive and complete. A must.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780846426325
Publisher:
Beekman Books Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/1990

What People are saying about this

Bernice Cohen
It is absolutely super! I have never seen a more analytical and practical approach to developing the craft of writing lyrics. Successful Lyric Writing is a wonderful companion to The Craft of Lyric Writing. Both books should be required reading for all aspiring Ira Gershwins.
— (Bernice Cohen, American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers)

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