Writing Better Lyrics

Writing Better Lyrics

The Essential Guide to Powerful Songwriting

Book - 2009
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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 clich#65533;s 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.

Publisher: Cincinnati : Writer's Digest Books, c2009
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9781582975771
Branch Call Number: 782.421640268 P321w 2009
Characteristics: vi, 298 p. : music ; 22 cm


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Do you want to do more than just write a decent song? This volume will help even the most experienced songwriters hone their craft.

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JeremiahSutherland Jul 26, 2014

Very little new here. The message is
"Write, write, write. Don't be discouraged. Don't listen to your inner critic".

Jun 01, 2014

I've never read anything that would be so useful for writing lyrics (or writing anything). Pat Patterson, a generous writer, spills the gifts of his advice without putting a reader down, without academic snobbery, without a choking amount of technicalities. Inspiring. Thank you!


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