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Stop pulling out your hair and crumpling up paper - The Frustrated Songwriter's Handbook blasts away your mental roadblocks so you can tap into your deepest creative resources. Whether you're a total novice or a seasoned pro, whether you're a pencil-and-paper songwriter or a gearhead with way too much recording equipment, whether you just want to go further as a songwriter ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Backbeat Books
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Earl
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A surprising find. I found this book to be the songwriters' (and musical experimentors') guide to breaking through (1) creative blocks, (2) stagnation through inaction, and (3) the minds' walls of judgment, self-criticism, EDITING instead of flowing, and expectation-making. If you use music recording/editing software, this might help you make headway in how to manage yourself, your recordings, your process of creative exploration. Dang, need to read this one again soon! ...more
Matthieu Brucher
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
A really interesting book (http://matt.eifelle.com/2015/10/13/bo... for my full review) ...more
John Peterson
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This will be fun! Book describes the idea of songwriters gathering at dinnertime, not for an open mic, but to play the recordings they made that day. Book also describes many clever suggestions to create original music.
Suzieq Sharky
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book for overcoming creative blocks and realizing yourself as an artist. There are many methods, tools and processes that actually aid you in being more creative. Another interesting thing about this book is the global music making groups that have formed around Immersion Music Method. The group is called Immersion Composition Society and its made up of song writing lodges that meet once a month to share the music that they have created. Through some research I have discovere ...more
Paulio
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Absolutely great! The core idea of the book is the 20 Song Day, where you try to write and record 20 songs within one intense, solitary day. Of course you can't do this, but in your attempts you might find your inner critic gets temporarily silenced, allowing spontaneous gems to appear. Certainly the best book I've read on songwriting - but in no may a how to.

If you want something more conventional, try Jimmy Webb's book.
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Branden Barnett
Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
an absolutely wonderful book for people struggling with songwriting. the ideas are a little over the top but it gets your mind moving for sure.
Silas
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The book got me really excited to try out the method it described, but the actual results from that method left me wanting.
Miranda
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Many new and old ways to attack the songwriting process. Great ideas if you are feeling stuck or looking for a way to free up your current process.
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I was raised in Upstate New York and Connecticut. I moved west to study biology at U.C. Berkeley, and while in college, I became seriously interested in playing and recording music. My first (and pretty much last) real job was as an editor at Bass Player magazine, where I interviewed many famous musicians while honing my recording skills. In the 2000s, I wrote two music books that did very well: G ...more

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