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Songwriting: A Complete Guide to the Craft

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Songwriting: A Complete Guide to the Craft is both a comprehensive course for beginning and experienced songwriters and a rich source of new ideas, inspiration, and tricks of the trade for those who have already achieved professional standing. This fresh new edition not only contains all of the original volume's cogent advice on how to write the always-popular genres - the country song, the ballad, and the love song - but has been revised to include: * Examples of hard rock, acid, heavy metal, bubblegum, hip-hop, salsa, rap, gangsta, reggae, ska, soul, and many other of today's most recorded styles * Finding a song concept, distilling the hook, choosing a form, adding harmony, and selecting rhythm * An appendix telling how to copyright, computerize, notate, record, and sell your song * Full glossary of musical and songwriting terms, an explanation of rap-speak with a useful section on rhyme for rap songs, many musical examples of well-known songs, and a complete index Unlike other books, Songwriting emphasizes the art - without being arty - and technique of creating a song. For the novice, Stephen Citron goes step-by-step through the writing of a song presupposing no prior knowledge of notation, harmony, rhythmic values, or rhyme. For the more experienced songwriter, Songwriting will serve as a one-stop reference and as an endless source of fresh ideas.

Synopsis:

A comprehensive course for beginning and experienced songwriters includes cogent advice on how to write the always-popular genres--from the country song to ska--as well as how to find a song concept, distill the hook, choose a form, add harmony, and select rhythm. An appendix features tips on how to copyright, computerize, notate, record,...

Table of Contents

Preface to the new edition — Preface — Acknowledgments — First considerations — Concept — Which comes first, melody or lyrics? — Collaboration — Finding and working with a collaborator — How much technical training do you need? — Supplies — Part 1: Lyrics — 1: Construction and form — How and why we label form — How and why we label rhymes — Verses and choruses — Folk songs — Spirituals — Blues, classic and pop — Operettas — 1900-1920 — 1920s — 1930s and 1940s — Musical theater since World War II — Late forties — Fifties — Sixties — Seventies — Eighties — Nineties — Twenty-first century — Rock — Rock and roll — Beatles and the revolution in form — Rock — Acid rock — Hard rock — Bubblegum — Folk-rock — Seventies — Eighties — Country — Your style — 2: Types of songs — Starting with parodies — Things to remember when writing parody — Writing lyrics to songs in the public domain — Things to remember when writing lyrics to songs in the public domain — Writing a lyric to already existing music — Translations — Story songs — Dos and don'ts for story songs — Descriptive songs — Situations songs — Some situations for song — List songs — Tips on the list song — Social message songs — Birthday songs — Foreign or pseudo-foreign songs — Patriotic songs — Holiday songs — Gimmick songs — Nonsense songs — Suggestions for writing nonsense songs — Punch-line songs — Inspirational songs — Gospel songs — Love songs — Unsuitable concepts — 3: Rhyme --What makes rhyme? — Paper rhymes — Identical rhymes — Regional rhymes — Imperfect and false rhymes — One-,two-, and three-rhymes — Inner rhymes — Non-rhymed lyrics — Rhyme schemes — Original rhyme schemes — Words that will not rhyme — 4: Word usage — Simile and metaphor — Alliteration — Onomatopoeia — Words that do not sing — Connecting the words — Inverted language — Filling out or telescoping a lyric — Matching accents and meaning — Inappropriate speech — Poets' handbooks and rhyming dictionaries —

Product Details

ISBN:
3330000253968
Subtitle:
A Complete Guide to the Craft
Publisher:
Limelight Editions
Author:
Citron, Stephen
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Country & Folk
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Songwriting
Subject:
Popular music -- Writing and publishing.
Subject:
Composition (music)
Subject:
Music-Music Business and Songwriting
Subject:
Music-Theory and Composition
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080601
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
334

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"Synopsis" by , A comprehensive course for beginning and experienced songwriters includes cogent advice on how to write the always-popular genres--from the country song to ska--as well as how to find a song concept, distill the hook, choose a form, add harmony, and select rhythm. An appendix features tips on how to copyright, computerize, notate, record,...
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