Successful Lyric Writing

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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.

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Overview

"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.

A hands-on course in writing professional lyrics, complete with exercises.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780846426325
  • Publisher: Beekman Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1990

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2006

    OKay don't do much in songwriting

    This is just another book among dozens by writers who just don't understand that hit songs do not come from education. The best this book can do is show someone how to write a book about how to write a song. Maybe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2000

    Excellent for serious students of songwriting.

    As a hit songwriter and songwriting instructor (www.craftofsongwriting.com), I recommend this comprehensive and detailed study to anyone interested in increasing their understanding and abilities in lyric writing. Through analysis of numerous examples of great songs and time-tested lyrics, Davis takes the reader through various song forms, rhyme types, points of view and more. She clearly shows how, by applying craft to lyric writing, your songs will ultimately convey more emotion and meaning to the listener. I've read many books on songwriting and this is, by far, the most in-depth and beneficial for those who are serious students of songwriting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2000

    What Every Lyricist SHOULD Know (...but many don't!)

    Sheila Davis is committed to excellence in songwriting. The lessons in this book are many. Not only does Davis know the craft of lyric writing from the perspective of a successful writer herself, but communicates clearly to other writers who must be willing to go the distance in honing their craft. I've heard it said that, 'It is important to know the rules, and then decide if there are some you choose to break.' Sheila Davis demonstrates the importance of this principle in ways that are accessible to beginners, and refreshing reminders to experienced writers. She is a purist. Davis understands and respects the use of language better than most, and she explains excellence in creative and meaningful songwriting as a careful, thoughtful process in which every syllable and every image counts. Numerous tools and techniques are generously provided for those committed to working ...and re-working a song...until it communicates lyrically, conceptually and musically what the writer wants the listener to know. As a professional songwriter I find this book one that I return to again and again to refresh my memory, and to rediscover tools and techniques to sharpen my skills. I have had music on pop/r&b charts, TV, film and off-Broadway. Each genre has its own idiom and while some forms suggest staying closer to more traditional form, others allow and even necessitate knowing form, and then making informed choices to digress, as in the case of pop and r&b writing. In a time when too little attention is paid to real excellence in one's work, Davis presents writers with clear, classic guidelines that have worked for the greatest lyricists in history, and offers a solid foundation from which to grow one's own career. This is book every lyricist would benefit from owning (...and keeping!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2000

    Excellent for serious students of songwriting.

    As a hit songwriter and songwriting instructor (www.craftofsongwriting.com), I recommend this comprehensive and detailed study to anyone interested in increasing their understanding and abilities in lyric writing. Through analysis of numerous examples of great songs and time-tested lyrics, Davis takes the reader through various song forms, rhyme types, points of view and more. She clearly shows how, by applying craft to lyric writing, your songs will ultimately convey more emotion and meaning to the listener. I've read many books on songwriting and this is, by far, the most in-depth and beneficial for those who are serious students of songwriting.

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