Songwriting for Dummies
Proven techniques for songwriting successThis 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...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published August 9th 2010 by For Dummies
(first published July 8th 2010)
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Overall this book was very interesting and it taught me a lot more about songwriting. It had a few flaws like attempting to teach you stuff that he never explained. It was interesting and fun to read all about the different songwriting styles of a bunch of different bands and singers. It even explained some rappers rapping styles, so that was interesting. The book did cover a bunch of different things that would help you write a song, it even covered the smallest things like if you have no inspi...more
"Songwriting For Dummies" is a great book, if what you want is learn how to write a complete and enjoyable song. This book doesn't just tell you step by step instructions of how to write an excellent song, but it also tells you how to get into the business. This is great since every day it gets harder to get involved into the music business. Not only that but it also helps you find your inspirations, and that is good because as a songwriter you need to have something that inspires you. I recomm...more
As it is with any book that teaches structure for artistic works... I felt that this book maybe had too many "boundaries" I think that generally speaking it was a good book but it maybe didn't cover enough genres of music, i.e. electronica, or experimental. Many songs that have become popular stretch the boundaries of songwriting, this book does not. On the other hand, it was helpful with lyrical advise, hooks, and popular songwriting structure.