Songwriting: Get Your Black Belt in Music & Lyrics
Johan Wåhlander & Jan Sparby
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”Songwriting: Get Your Black Belt in Music & Lyrics” is not just one more of those conversions from a printed edition, but a genuine electronic book with all its benefits. Here you can actually listen to what the text is about: the music. The book features embedded videos with explanatory graphics, and you can follow links to streaming, or use playlists to listen to the many song examples. A glossary is conveniently accessible by tapping green words, there are pop up footnotes with clarifications and citations, lots of illustrations, pictures, graphs and, in the end of each chapter, a checkpoint where you can make sure you’re on top of things, and can move on.
Get good at writing lyrics using the relation between words and music, the narrator’s perspective, imagery, figurative speech and more. Learn how to make riffs that really groove, utilize the emotional expression embedded in scales and chords, get creative with tempo, meter, metric modulations and timing and find form schemes that bring out the best in your ideas.
The book gives you hundreds of practical songwriting tips as well as a deepened understanding of the workings of lyrics and music. It exemplifies from a broad range of genres: pop, R&B, electronic dance music, Motown classics, country, folk, metal, rap, jazz, rock and film music, to name a few. Apply a number of useful strategies for boosting your creativity, become efficient and find your optimal work flow.
Learn about the music business. Get inside the heads of successful songwriters and people from the music industry in a string of inspiring interviews. Also, let your songwriting benefit from the latest findings in the psychology of emotion and how music deals with emotion. A whole chapter is devoted to this, and features interviews with leading scientists. Calling this book comprehensive is an understatement.
People all around the world are wondering what’s in the Swedish drinking water. Swedish songwriters are so influential that music magazines and bloggers talk about them as the new rulers of the pop charts. The authors of ”Songwriting: Get Your Black Belt in Music & Lyrics”, Johan Wåhlander & Jan Sparby, are really writing their book series from a vantage point. Not only have they interviewed their songwriting colleagues, Swedish and from all over the world, but they are also teaching songwriting and music theory at college level themselves, and have degrees in composition, music theory and music production from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. They have experience, deep knowledge and a wonderful ability to explain, and make things easy to understand.
Take your craftsmanship and artistry serious, and bring out the very best in your own creativeness and ideas for songs. Rise from your current level in songwriting to black belt mastery.
What's New in Version 1.4
Example songs added and improved text formatting.