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Songwriting for Dummies

Songwriting for Dummies

Dave Austin, Cathy Lynn, Jim Peterik

ISBN: 9780470615140

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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

Learn to:

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

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