Writing Better Lyrics

Author: Pat Pattison

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1599631660

Category: Music

Page: 304

View: 7726


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 clichés 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.

Managing Lyric Structure

Author: N.A

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780793511808

Category: Music

Page: 118

View: 3238


This book will help songwriters handle lyric structures more effectively. If you have written lyrics before, this book will help you gain even greater control and understanding of your craft. If you have not written lyrics before, this book will get you off in a healthy direction. You will find information in this book about lyric structure, and exercises to help you make it part of your own writing. This book will show you ways to say things better. It will help you manage timing and placement. That is the point of structure. By the time you finish, not only will you be a better writer, but you will know more about lyric structure than you ever thought possible

Songwriting Without Boundaries

Author: Pat Pattison

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1599632993

Category: Music

Page: 240

View: 6513


Infuse your lyrics with sensory detail! Writing great song lyrics requires practice and discipline. Songwriting Without Boundaries will help you commit to routine practice through fun writing exercises. This unique collection of more than150 sense-bound prompts helps you develop the skills you need to: • tap into your senses and inject your writing with vivid details • effectively use metaphor and comparative language • add rhythm to your writing and manage phrasing Songwriters, as well as writers of other genres, will benefit from this collection of sensory writing challenges. Divided into four sections, Songwriting Without Boundaries features four different fourteen-day challenges with timed writing exercises, along with examples from other songwriters, poets, and prose writers.

Lyrics

Author: Rikky Rooksby

Publisher: Backbeat Books

ISBN: 1476853444

Category: Music

Page: 174

View: 3586


(Book). Lyrics sheds light on all aspects of lyric writing for music and will make songwriters feel more confident and creative when they tackle lyrics. It's perfect for all songwriters: those who don't like their own lyrics and find them difficult to write, experienced writers looking for a creative edge, and those offering lyrics to set to music in a partnership. Topics include channeling personal experiences into lyrics, overcoming writer's block, the right lyrics for a bridge, the separation between lyrics and poetry, exploring imagery and metaphor, avoiding cliches, and more. The book also offers tips on the various styles of lyrics, from protests, spirituals, and confessionals to narratives and comic songs.

Songwriting

Author: N.A

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780793511815

Category: Music

Page: 68

View: 2698


"Step-by-Step Guide to Better Rhyming and Better Lyrics : This book has a very specific purpose: to help you find better rhymes and use them more effectively. Rhyme is one of the most crucial areas of lyric writing, and this guide will provide you with all the technical information necessary to develop your skills completely. Make rhyme work for you and your lyric writing will greatly improve. If you have written lyrics before, even at a professional level, you can still gain greater control and understanding of your craft with the exercises and worksheets included in this book. Hone your writing technique and skill with this practical and fun approach to the art of lyric writing. Start writing better than ever before! Pat Pattison has been teaching lyric writing and poetry at Berklee College of Music since 1975. He played a central role in developing Berklee's unique songwriting major, the first complete songwriting degree offered anywhere. Doctoral work in philosophy at Indiana University and a Master of Arts in Literary Criticism gave him the knowledge and inspiration necessary to concentrate on the art of lyric writing. In addition to his work for television and film, as well as numerous clinics and workshops, Pat writes monthly articles for Home and Studio Recording magazine."--P. 4 de la couv.

How [Not] to Write Great Lyrics!

Author: Brian Oliver

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781537097787

Category:

Page: 186

View: 3737


"How [Not] To Write Great Lyrics! - 40 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Lyrics For Your Songs" is the follow-up to Brian Oliver's highly-praised book "How [Not] To Write A Hit Song! - 101 Common Mistakes to Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success." "How [Not] To Write Great Lyrics!" takes a close look at the essential lyrical elements found in the structure of all hit songs. It highlights and analyses the most common errors that are made when these key components are built into a song, and offers expert advice on how new writers can try to avoid such mistakes in their own lyrics. Most writers have, at some stage, had to endure the pain and disappointment of having their songs rejected because music publishers or record companies didn't think their lyrics were good enough-and many writers have ended up asking themselves: "Could I have done more to make my lyrics better?" This book aims to help writers recognise any weaknesses in their lyrics, so they can re-work them, make them stronger, and hopefully achieve the breakthrough that they're striving for. The music industry has been going through major changes in recent years. As a result, competition is now even more intense. So it's more important than ever for writers to make sure their lyrics stand out from the crowd by avoiding the traps and pitfalls that many inexperienced writers fall into. Written in an easy, non-technical style, "How [Not] To Write Great Lyrics!" identifies many frequent causes of lyrical shortcomings-from common mistakes in the basic construction of song lyrics ... to flawed choices with titles, opening lines, lyrical hooks, verb selection, cliches, and rhyming patterns. The book also shows new writers how to avoid common failings such as putting the most important phrases in the wrong place in a lyric ... and not making sure their lyrics are 'singable'. The book also highlights other causes of lyric writing problems-such as having the wrong mental attitude ... an unsatisfactory writing environment ... not paying enough attention to 'creative preparation' ... and not taking steps to avoid writer's block. The book's author, Brian Oliver-an experienced music publisher, songwriter and music consultant-warns that aspiring writers' chances of success could be hampered if they fail to spend enough time polishing their lyrics and eradicating weaknesses. "How [Not] To Write Great Lyrics!" will help new writers to produce better lyrics, while avoiding fundamental errors at each key stage in the song development process. It includes important tips on fixing and strengthening lyrics, along with a comprehensive checklist of more than 100 potential hazards that writers can measure their own lyrics against-no matter how 'finished' they think their songs are. # # # #"

How to Write Lyrics

Author: Rikky Rooksby

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1476853452

Category: Music

Page: 174

View: 1534


Lyrics sheds light on all aspects of lyric writing for music and will make songwriters feel more confident and creative when they tackle lyrics. It's perfect for all songwriters: those who don't like their own lyrics and find them difficult to write, experienced writers looking for a creative edge, and those offering lyrics to set to music in a partnership. Topics include channeling personal experiences into lyrics, overcoming writer's block, the right lyrics for a bridge, the separation between lyrics and poetry, exploring imagery and metaphor, avoiding clichés, and more. The book also offers tips on the various styles of lyrics, from protests, spirituals, and confessionals to narratives and comic songs.