The Songwriter's Workshop: Melody

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(Berklee Press). Spark your imagination with hundreds of creative songwriting techniques! This hands-on guide provides lessons on how to write innovative songs, based on popular songwriting courses at Berklee College of Music. Whether you're a beginning songwriter who can't read a note of music, or an experienced professional looking for new ideas, this book will provide new insight into your craft; it teaches the fundamental techniques behind today's hit songs, together with easy-to-follow exercises so you can immediately apply these tools to
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Overview

(Berklee Press). Spark your imagination with hundreds of creative songwriting techniques! This hands-on guide provides lessons on how to write innovative songs, based on popular songwriting courses at Berklee College of Music. Whether you're a beginning songwriter who can't read a note of music, or an experienced professional looking for new ideas, this book will provide new insight into your craft; it teaches the fundamental techniques behind today's hit songs, together with easy-to-follow exercises so you can immediately apply these tools to your own art. This book comes with a CD so you can practice your songs with accompaniment, even if you can't play an instrument.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780634026591
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Songwriting and Lyrics Series
  • Edition description: Book & CD
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 154
  • Sales rank: 631,501

Table of Contents

CD Tracks v
Overview: The Songwriter's Workshop ix
Notes and Chords Used in This Book xiii
Unit I. Rhythm 1
A. Ideas 2
Lesson 1. Note Lengths 3
Lesson 2. Phrase Lengths and Space 5
Lesson 3. Phrase Beginnings and Stressed Words 8
Lesson 4. Phrase Endings 11
Lesson 5. Ending Titles on the Downbeat 13
B. Song Sections 15
Lesson 6. Exact Repetition 16
Lesson 7. Varied Repetition 18
Lesson 8. Internal Repetition 20
Lesson 9. Contrasting Ideas 22
Lesson 10. Number of Phrases 24
Lesson 11. Contrasting Sections 29
Unit II. Melody On Chords 33
A. Ideas 34
Lesson 12. One Chord Tone 35
Lesson 13. Neighbor Notes 37
Lesson 14. Two Chord Tones 40
Lesson 15. Passing Notes 42
Lesson 16. Arpeggios 44
Lesson 17. Scales 47
B. Song Sections 49
Lesson 18. Keep the Rhythm, Change the Shape 50
Lesson 19. Repetition 52
Lesson 20. Sequence 54
Lesson 21. Inversion 56
Lesson 22. Shorten the Motive 58
Lesson 23. Lengthen the Motive 60
Lesson 24. Contrasting Sections 62
Unit III. Melody Across Chord Changes 65
A. Ideas 66
Lesson 25. Connecting Chords 67
Lesson 26. In-Sync Phrasing 69
Lesson 27. Out-of-Sync Phrasing 71
Lesson 28. Longer Melody Phrasing 73
Lesson 29. Major Melodic Cadences 75
Lesson 30. Minor Melodic Cadences 78
B. Song Sections 80
Lesson 31. Verse/Refrain Song Form 81
Lesson 32. Verse/Chorus Song 83
Lesson 33. Verse/Prechorus/Chorus Song 85
Unit IV. Melody Over Chord Changes 89
A. Ideas 90
Lesson 34. Major Pentatonic on One Chord 91
Lesson 35. Major Blues 94
Lesson 36. Major Blues Over Progressions 97
Lesson 37. Minor Pentatonic Scale 100
Lesson 38. Minor Blues 103
Lesson 39. Mixolydian Melody 106
Lesson 40. Dorian Melody 109
B. Song Sections 112
Lesson 41. Major Blues Song 113
Lesson 42. Mixolydian Song 117
Lesson 43. Dorian Song 120
Unit V. Melody Against Bass Lines and Riffs 123
A. Ideas 124
Lesson 44. Parallel Motion 125
Lesson 45. Similar Motion 127
Lesson 46. Oblique Motion 129
Lesson 47. Contrary Motion Against a Bass Line 132
B. Song Sections 134
Lesson 48. Different Bass in Verse and Chorus 135
Lesson 49. Same Bass in Verse and Chorus 137
Lesson 50. Riff-Based Songs 139
Appendix Scales 143
What Next? 154
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2005

    Create Your Own Sound

    Jimmy Kachulis' unintimidating approach makes this book accessible for the absolute beginner, as well as the more advanced songwriter. Building upon the reader's individual preferences, 'The Sonwriter's Workshop: Melody' Is designed to help the reader overcome writer's block with a series of exercises, examples, and tips provided from professional songwriters. The accompanying CD will give you the opportunity to practice your newly developed songs. Learn how to write memorable choruses and create melodies that are unique to you.

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