Songwriting For Dummies
Dave Austin and Others
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
Proven techniques for songwriting success
This friendly, hands-on guide tackles the new face of the recording industry, guiding you through the shift from traditional sales to downloads and mobile music, as well as how you can harness social media networks to get your music "out there." You get basic songwriting concepts, insider tips and advice, and inspiration for writing — and selling — meaningful, timeless songs.
Songwriting 101 — get a grip on everything you need to know to write a song, from learning to listen to your "inner voice" to creating a "mood" and everything in between
Jaunt around the genres — discover the variety of musical genres and find your fit, whether it's rock, pop, R&B, gospel, country, or more
Let the lyrics out — master the art of writing lyrics, from finding your own voice to penning the actual words to using hooks, verses, choruses, and bridges
Make beautiful music — find your rhythm, make melodies, and use chords to put the finishing touches on your song
Work the Web — harness online marketing and social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and others to get your music heard by a whole new audience
Open the book and find:
What you need to know before you write a single note
Tips on finding inspiration
Ways to use poetic devices in lyrics
Computer and Web-based shortcuts and technologies to streamline songwriting
A look at famous songwriting collaborators
Writing for stage, screen, and television
How to make a demo to get your song heard
Advice on how to make money from your music
Develop your songwriting skills with tips and techniques from the pros
Use social networking sites to get your music out to the public
Break into the industry with helpful, how-to instructions
Packed with easy to understand info!
As someone who only occasionally writes a song for my small band, I was amazed at how little I knew about what it takes to make a great sounding song. I learned so many things that have helped me become a more confident lyricist, and I feel like I could make informed decisions about getting my songs published and recorded. The language is also easy to understand. I have been lost in the jargon of other books covering the same subjects before. I can't recommend this book enough as the ultimate starter to your songwriters library!