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Writing Better Lyrics

By Pat Pattison

Format: Paperback

SKU# Z3221

You'll Love This Book If:

  • You are an aspiring songwriter
  • You're looking for tips on writing music lyrics
  • You want songwriting exercises

Whether you are a new or experienced songwriter, you'll find the best instruction and advice for writing song lyrics from Pat Pattison's Writing Better Lyrics! This must-have guide for songwriters has been helping aspiring songwriters write powerful lyrics for two decades. Inside you'll discover tools for everything from generating ideas, to understanding the form and function of a song, to fine-tuning lyrics.

Discover over 20 chapters on:

  • Object writing and ways to brainstorm, open your senses, and discover unique ideas for your songs.
  • Verse development - what it is, and examples of how it is used.
  • Rhyming. The function of rhymes and how to help you choose rhyme types for a reason.
  • Point of View - finding the right perspective for your song.
  • Understanding motion. The productive use of repetition, showing and telling, and song lyric structure.
  • Couplets & Common Meter. How to handle couplets and common meter
  • Prosody. The most functional principle of songwriting. It's the concept that all the elements of a song-chords, melody, rhythm, words, and lyric structure should work together for a common purpose.
  • Understanding motion - intersections of rhythm, rhyme, and phrase length, and their use in creating prosody, which is support for the ideas and emotion of the lyric.

Dive into the world of songwriting, put your songwriting skills to the test, and compose songs with powerful lyrics with the help of Writing Better Lyrics!

Curious about what's inside? Read an excerpt on generating ideas from chapter one!

In This Book You'll Learn

  • How to write song lyrics and make lyric structures
  • How to find the right point of view and perspective for your song
  • About verse development and see examples of it from popular songs

What Songwriters Are Saying About This Book:

"A great revision of a classic resource for songwriters. The original has been a staple in the industry for around 20 years and now it's updated with new exercises and examples of popular songs. A must-have for any songwriter." —Scott

A Word From The Book's Foreword:

"I know of no other book like this one. One need only follow these tenets and discipline oneself to the task and the songs will come. It is a priceless map through the minefields of cliche, boredom, and laziness that often destroy even the best efforts. Sometimes, I think that Writing Better Lyrics has an unfair advantage, a secret weapon of sorts, and yet it is here for any and all who aspire to write and write better...To this day, when I struggle with a lyric and find myself falling short, I am usually ignoring some very sound advice contained in these pages. And I read it again." —Gillian Welch, Grammy winner

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SKU Z3221
Author/Speaker/Editor Pat Pattison
File/Trim Size 8.437 x 5.5
Format Paperback
ISBN 13 9781582975771
Number Of Pages 304

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An updated classic Review by Scott

A great revision of a classic resource for songwriters. The original has been a staple in the industry for around 20 years and now it's updated with new exercises and examples of popular songs. A must-have for any songwriter.

(Posted on 2/9/2010)

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