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The Must-Have Guide for Songwriters
Writing Better Lyrics has been a staple for songwriters for nearly two decades. Now this revised and updated 2nd Edition provides effective tools for everything from generating ideas, to understanding the form and function of a song, to fine-tuning lyrics.
Perfect for new and experienced songwriters alike, this time-tested classic covers the basics in addition to more advanced techniques.
Songwriters will discover:
- How to use sense-bound imagery to enhance a song's emotional impact on listeners
- Techniques for avoiding clichés and creating imaginative metaphors and similes
- Ways to use repetition as an asset
- How to successfully manipulate meter
- Instruction for matching lyrics with music
- Ways to build on ideas and generate effective titles
- Advice for working with a co-writer
- And much more
Featuring updated and expanded chapters, 50 fun songwriting exercises, and examples from more than 20 chart-toppings songs, Writing Better Lyrics gives you all of the professional and creative insight you need to write powerful lyrics and put your songs in the spotlight where they belong.
|Edition description:||Second Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Pat Pattison is a professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches lyric writing and poetry. His books include Writing Better Lyrics , The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure , and The Essential Guide to Rhyming. In addition, Pat has developed three online lyric writing courses for Berklee’s online school, and has written articles for a variety of industry publications. His internationally successful students include multiple Grammy winners John Mayer and Gillian Welch. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
Foreword Gillian Welch vii
Chapter 1 Object Writing: The Art of the Diver 3
Chapter 2 Rusty's Collar: A Lesson in Showing and Telling 19
Chapter 3 Making Metaphors 23
Chapter 4 Learning to Say No: Building Worksheets 33
Chapter 5 Clichés: The Sleeping Puppy (A Case Study) 47
Chapter 6 Productive Repetition 55
Chapter 7 Verse Development and Power Positions 82
Chapter 8 Travelogues: Verse Continuity 93
Chapter 9 Stripping Your Repetition for Repainting 101
Chapter 10 Perspectives 111
Chapter 11 Point of View: Second Person and the Hangman 128
Chapter 12 Point of View: Second Person as Narrative 132
Chapter 13 Dialogue and Point of View 139
Chapter 14 Meter: Something in Common 147
Chapter 15 Spotlighting With Common Meter 153
Chapter 16 Meter: Two by Two 161
Chapter 17 Managing Couplets 168
Chapter 18 Prosody: Structure as Film Score 177
Chapter 19 Understanding Motion 189
Chapter 20 Form Follows Function: Building the Perfect Beast 229
Chapter 21 The Great Balancing Act: Courting Danger on the High Wire 239
Chapter 22 Song Forms: (Im) Potent Packages 250
Chapter 23 Song Forms: (Im) Potent Packages II 257
Chapter 24 Process 262
Appendix: Co-Writing: The "No"-Free Zone 289
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a must-have for any songwriter. It covers topics all the way from getting ideas to perfecting your lyrics. If you are looking for your next songwriting purchase, this is it. It will bring your songwriting to the next level. Pat Pattison knows exactly what he is talking about and will inspire you and get you excited about writing lyrics.
For anyone interested in creative writing, and specifically lyric writing, this book is very insightful and relevant. The information and exercises are useful for any writing scenario. Pat Pattison is a respected authority on the subject of lyrical content and lyrical forms. He is a professor of the subject for Berklee College of Music.