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Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The name states exactly what you get out of this book. I wrote my first few tunes with some of these practices in mind -- after playing them at an open mic, two separate people approached me and commented on how well my lyrics were written. If you want to write stronger lyrics that grab interest, read and use the practices in this book. I bought the iBooks version awhile ago, but I am going to go out and buy it again in print and read it again. There are practices at the end of each chapter so y ...more
Petko Bossakov
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book after finishing a free songwriting course by Pat Pattison on Coursera. As he says, there are "no rules, only tools", and he offers a great deal of songwriting tools in this book. Written in a laid back, easy to understand language, it teaches some useful techniques that I have been using since.
Jared Orentlich
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Writing Better Lyrics is a fantastic book for every musician. It goes into deep detail on everything one could know about songwriting, and gets ideas flowing almost immediately. I suggest this book for any aspiring songwriter.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The best advice on songwriting I've ever heard was something Bob Dylan once said to Eric Bibb: "Remember to keep it simple. Forget all that fancy stuff." Of course, this works best once you're familiar with the fancy stuff.

The other best advice I've ever heard was to practice, as you would with any other skill.

Writing Better Lyrics gets five stars because it embodies that approach so well. The first chapter illustrates a method of writing that is sensory and immersive, and tells you to go practi
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as part of a course taught by Pat Pattinson by Berkelee online. The book (and the course) offers amazing insights into crafting lyrics in a way that is meaningful, powerful, and original. A great overview of all aspects of lyric writing including object writing, rhyme, rhythm, rhyme types, setting, word stresses and more. I was an English major and I don't think any of my poetry classes went as deep into rhyming as this book did! Highly recommend the Coursera Berklee class "Song ...more
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Ranko Hong
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Changing lyrics is my favorite thing to do for fun to the point where I sometimes think I want to write lyrics as a job. Because I did it for fun I did not have any techniques, so I learned many things from this book. First, it starts with the simple object writing. The important thing is to use your senses. How does it look like? Does it have a smell? Is it making a sound? How does it feel? Then it goes into the techniques we can use such as simile, different kinds of rhyme, productive repetiti ...more
Grace Usleman
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I currently feel so enlightened that even though this ENTIRE book was about writing better lyrics, I have no words to describe my newfound lyrical and musical curiosity and development. Though I doubt I’ll ever get to attend one of Professor Pattison’s songwriting classes at Berklee, I really hope to continue learning and utilizing the lessons in these pages. Super worth the read and the time spent annotating and working on the exercises. Any songwriter NEEDS to read this, not to teach them exac ...more
Dawn Lennon
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
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I didn't finish this book because I believe it is meant to be used as a lyric writing resource. It is truly full of terrific themes and examples about effective lyric writing and examples galore. As I work through my own efforts in songwriting, I'll be able to return to this book.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Didn't help me that much. Actually made things harder for me. Maybe I need to reread but this was what I got out of it honestly.
Adrielle Stapleton
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a gift and I loved it. The song examples that Pattison works from seem to lean a bit toward country or folk style, but you could apply most of the strategies and tools in other genres.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great, helpful exercises to flex that songwriting muscle! Would be useful for those who are new to writing or those who are worried that they've written it all.
Melanie Wilcox
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A “must read” for any songwriter ... or writer. I used this book as a guide while writing my first few songs on the guitar, and I often go back to it.
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A treasure trove of writing techniques and tools. Essential reading for any songwriter.
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