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A Practical Guide to Doing Business as a Songwriter (Billboard Books) Learning how to write great songs is not enough. Without a firm grasp of the rudiments of music publishing, and a solid knowledge of how songs generate income, how they may be protected, and how to organize a business, songwriters leave themselves adrift in a sea of obstacles and challenges, unable to navigate the roiling waters of today's music business. This Business of Songwriting is the first book to demystify the process of doing business as a songwriter. It provides a detailed, comprehensive examination of business-related topics and issues that all songwriters need to understand, and it presents accessible explanations and samples of the contracts, licenses, and legal agreements that songwriters are likely to encounter throughout their careers. The book also discusses how to get a publisher - and get songs recorded; an explanation of how songs generate income from digital and physical sales, as well as from radio, television, and Internet airplay; and from live performances. Also, the issues of copyright and infringement are addressed. It defines the terms that songwriters need to understand in order to be knowledgeable about the music business; walks readers step-by-step through the process of starting and operating their own publishing company; explains copublishing and foreign subpublishing; and teaches songwriters how to successfully pitch their songs to publishers, artists, managers, A & R representatives, and producers. The unique issues facing performing songwriters are addressed, as well as those who write songs for the Christian, children's, video games, musical theater, and jingles markets. Additionally, the book offers a detailed explanation of how the singles and album charts work; a comprehensive comparison of how performing rights organizations monitor and distribute royalties; and provides valuable information about how to organize a songwriting business. Readers will learn that the business skills and knowledge they need can be acquired, as the author shares his insights and expertise gained from more than twenty years "on both sides of the desk" in the music business.
How did a medium-sized Southern river town become arguably the most important music center in America? In How Nashville Became Music City, U.S.A., we learn how a single studio in a tiny duplex house became Music Row, a ten-block area populated by hundreds of talented people whose job is to simply make music. The book features stories from publishers, songwriters and others who help tell the evolution of this fabled center of music. It's where Elvis ushered in the commercial rock 'n' roll explosion by recording "Heartbreak Hotel," Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, and Willie Nelson taught mainstream America to love soulful ballads, and Bob Dylan recorded three of his most important albums. The full-length CD includes 12 recordings made in the early studios of Music Row, giving listeners a rare chance to hear the demos made by some of Nashville's most talented artists. Songs include Bye, Bye, Love, Crazy, King of the Road, Walkin' After Midnight and He Stopped Loving Her Today. 2006, Book & CD, 373 pages.
How to Write Songs on Keyboards helps both keyboard and guitar players find and develop interesting keyboard chords and chord sequences that they can use in their own songs. Rather than trying to teach intricate pieces of music, the book breaks things down into a simple style, concentrating on basic chords and ideas that can be gradually elaborated to create more complex structures. A visual system that virtually eliminates the use of standard music notation allows guitarists who are used to using guitar tablature feel totally at home. Songwriting issues are also analyzed, including key changes and writing songs in minor keys. The straightforward style of How to Write Songs on Keyboards will have musicians writing on a keyboard with ease — even if they never have before.
Melody is the true heart of music, often inspired by nothing more than the songwriter's muse. Yet melody can be learned. This book teaches the art of melody and how to write effective tunes. Starting from basics, it covers the essentials - rhythm, intervals, scales, and harmony - and builds to offer a wealth of advanced techniques and tricks. Every musical example in the book is also on the CD, allowing musicians to increase their awareness of melody through both sight and sound.
Chord Master is the latest book in a series that includes the bestselling How To Write Songs On Guitar, Riffs and The Songwriting Sourcebook. Unlike traditional chord dictionaries, Chord Master is more than a catalogue of chord shapes. It takes the time to discuss each of the chord types and patterns a guitarist is likely to come across, why they sound the way they do, how to use them in songwriting, and how to play them easily. Chord Master includes: * Over 1000 chords and their variations * Chords arranged by key, by type, or by musical style * Chord secrets of famous songs revealed * A 20-track audio CD demonstrating chords and chord sequences
The book that EVERY music fan will want this Christmas: an unforgettable examination of the songs we all cry along to What is it about depressing songs that make such a lasting impression on people's minds - the lyrical tugging of the heartstrings? The melancholy melody? If you're a true connoisseur, these elements are just the beginning, as Tom Reynolds illustrates brilliantly in this addictive book. With a heavy heart and a tear in his beer, Reynolds painstakingly analyses the mysterious allure of songs that crush our spirits by looking at 52 depressing songs - from top-10 hits to cultish dirges - that have earned our slavish devotion over the years. Breaking up his list into 10 categories of gloom and doom - from Teenage Car Crash anthems to She-Hates-Me-I-Hate-Her ditties - the author pines away over musical elements before digging in to reveal the suicidal heart of each and every song - a list that includes artists as diverse as Joy Division, Bobby Darin, Counting Crows, Evanescence, Bruce Springsteen and Barry Manilow. Complete with a ranked countdown from 52 to 1 and wonderfully dreary black and white line drawings throughout, I Hate Myself and Want to Die is a must-have compilation of melodic misery - and a perfect Christmas gift.
The Key To Survival and Success in the World of the Arts gilli moon published by Warrior Girl Music 2nd edition 170 pages; 5.5" x 8.5" ISBN 0-9579906-0-X Bar code: 9780957990609 gilli moon's "I AM A Professional Artist - The Key To Survival And Success in the World of The Arts," is available now. For artists of all genres, this book will certainly change the thinking of any professional artist who may doubt themselves or their art, who may feel pressured by the industry, or may feel the hardship of the roller coaster ride. "I AM a Professional Artist" combines a self-empowering practical guide in surviving and succeeding in the Arts with key business principles and spiritual nourishment. Whether you are a musician, singer/songwriter. actor, screen writer, author, painter, film director, etc., this book is FOR YOU! about the book Some say succeeding in the Arts as a professional Artist is all about fame and fortune. So much of our desires are based on false illusions about the industry and what we read in glossy magazines. Being a professional Artist is a life long journey of becoming who you want to be, and achieving success through what you love to do. It's about living your dream. It's also about setting goals that you alone determine if they have rewarded you rather than what the industry defines as "success." The Arts industry, whether that be in music, theatre, film, writing, dance or any business about Art, can be cruel and very un-artistic. It's often about survival, especially survival of the fittest. It can feel like a competitive war against large corporations, those who judge you (which can even include your family) and the other artists who are also climbing their way to the top. Gilli Moon, artist, author and record company owner, brings to you her first book, "I Am a Professional Artist" offering Artists who've chosen the professional path, practical steps in harnessing one's creative abilities to succeed and survive in the Arts and enjoy your artistry at the same time. Including interviews with various professional Artists, "I Am a Professional Artist" combines a self-empowering practical guide in surviving and succeeding in the Arts with key business principles and spiritual nourishment. Consider it an Artistic soul's survival guide in business! "I AM a Professional Artist" follows 2 simple principles: If you want to be a professional Artist, the first thing to realize is that you have to be two people: An Artist, and a Business person. The second principle is based on her own coined phrase: The three Os: Optimism + Organized = Opportunity "I Am a Professional Artist" will certainly change the thinking of any professional artist who may doubt themselves or their art, who may feel pressured by the industry, or may feel the hardship of the roller coaster ride. When in doubt, say I AM!
SONG - The World's Best Songwriters on Creating the Music That Moves Us by American Songwriter Magazine
In these interviews conducted by various scribes for American Songwriter magazine, we learn such vitals as that Dierks Bentley would still write songs even if it weren't his "job," and how Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips descries the differences between a song and a performance and also how audiences do the same (Coyne also notes how Elton John's elegant recording of "Bennie and the Jets" differs in important ways from his performances of the song today). Sheryl Crow is asked if she's religious (she's "spiritual," she says), but Public Enemy's Chuck D isn't. Chuck does, however, deliver excellent background on a few of his songs to produce one of the meatier colloquies herein. Songsmiths as diverse as Lyle Lovett, Ray Charles, Beck, Burt Bacharach, Roger Miller, Fountains of Wayne, and Kenny Chesney make this a broad if not particularly deep survey of how current pop music is devised and an excellent acquisition for pop-music collections. Mike Tribby Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved Book Description Song is an enthralling compilation of songwriting wisdom from 100 of the biggest names in music. From country to rock to folk to alternative, this genre-spanning collection of interviews captures the anecdotes, history, and wisdom of the best songwriters aroundInside, you'll find entertaining and enlightening interviews from great songwriters such as Smokey Robinson, Willie Nelson, Jewel, Kenny Chesney, Cat Stevens, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Ray Charles, Clint Black, Rob Thomas, Dolly Parton, Rufus Wainwright, Bob McDill, Lyle Lovett, Keith Urban, Beck, M.Ward, Lou Reed, Roger Miller, Grant-Lee Phillips, and John Denver.
THIS BUSINESS OF MUSIC by M. William Krasilovsky, Sidney Shemel
Published since 1964, This Business of Music is recognized as the industry textbook, and Krasilovsky, a music and copyright lawyer, offers broad and deep treatment of contracts, royalties, loans, tax issues, videos, and copyright. The new edition presents the industry in four parts: an overview, the record industry, music writers and publishers, and other aspects of the business. The coverage of technology makes sense of recent and coming changes to the laws affecting the industry, the new music delivery mechanisms, and the impact on the organizations that oversee performance rights. The writing is clear, and Krasilovsky presents complicated legal, financial, and strategic information without oversimplifying. An exceptionally rich appendix reprints important primary-source documents like the Berne Convention and the 1996 WIPO Memorandum. There is also a directory of music industry web sites. The attached CD-ROM contains copyright regulations and registration material along with numerous forms, agreements, and licenses. Both books are excellent references that improve and expand upon the earlier editions. All You Need To Know will be most appreciated by performers and writers, while This Business will be helpful to those who work on the business side.DJoan Pedzich, Harris Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, NY Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Are you a creative person who desperately wants to tell the world about your talents and your art but lacks the time, money, and know-how? Self-Promotion for the Creative Person is full of clever and creative ideas you can use to successfully get the word out about who you are and what you do quickly, easily, and cheaply. Everything you need to know about marketing yourself is included in this book. Self-Promotion for the Creative Person is packed with proven techniques that will work for you whether you are an author, actor, artist, or accordion player who wants fresh, off-beat, and cost-effective ways to build a business or develop a successful and fulfilling career. Full of winning strategies, innovative ideas, and proven sales and marketing techniques, Lee Silber will show you how to go from starving artist to superstar status with smart advice, including: * How to market without money * How to create marketing materials that will sell you even when you're not around * How to build a buzz using word of mouth * How to use the Internet in ways you never thought of to promote yourself * How to get the leaders in your field to endorse and help you. Self-promotion is one of the most difficult things a creative person must do. It is also the most critical. Open this book to any page and chances are you will find something that can help you overcome this hurdle and get the attention and recognition you and your talents deserve. Are you a creative person who desperately wants to tell the world about your talents and your art but lacks the time, money, and know-how? Self-Promotion for the Creative Person is full of clever and creative ideas you can use to successfully get the word out about who you are and what you do quickly, easily, and cheaply. Everything you need to know about marketing yourself is included in this book. Self-Promotion for the Creative Person is packed with proven techniques that will work for you whether you are an author, actor, artist, or accordion player who wants fresh, off-beat, and cost-effective ways to build a business or develop a successful and fulfilling career. Full of winning strategies, innovative ideas, and proven sales and marketing techniques, Lee Silber will show you how to go from starving artist to superstar status with smart advice, including: * How to market without money * How to create marketing materials that will sell you even when you're not around * How to build a buzz using word of mouth * How to use the Internet in ways you never thought of to promote yourself * How to get the leaders in your field to endorse and help you Self-promotion is one of the most difficult things a creative person must do. It is also the most critical. Open this book to any page and chances are you will find something that can help you overcome this hurdle and get the attention and recognition you and your talents deserve.
WHO WANTS TO BE A COUNTRY MUSIC STAR ?: The Right Way-The Wrong Way and the Nashville Way to Launch and Maintain a Music Career! by Sam Wellington
I would strongly recommend Sam’s "funny, yet factual" account to anyone who is serious about a country-music career, for while much of Wellington’s advice is common sense, his real-life examples of stars who have succeeded and failed and how and why they have done so is alone worth the price of the book. While there have been similar books on this subject, there haven’t been any recent ones that address the topical issues that Sam does as he updates much of the traditional advice given in those industry bibles. [Stacy's Music Row Report]
NASHVILLE'S LOWER BROAD: The Street that Music Made
Like the Lower East Side of Manhattan was to punk rock and Haight & Ashbury in San Francisco was to 1960's psychedelia, the Lower Broad area of Nashville was a hothouse for Country sound. The Lower Broadway area of Nashville was and continues to be the proving ground for many of country music's greatest. From Hank Williams Sr. to Willie Nelson to BR5-49, the Lower Broad holds the stories of country music in its aging landscape. Part scrapbook, part bar tour, Nashville's Lower Broad: The Street That Music Made is a visual history capturing 90 gritty and revealing duotone photographs of the people and places that made Nashville's Lower Broadway the legendary country music birthplace and proving ground that continues to thrive today. With a foreword by Lucinda Williams and an introduction by music journalist David Eason, the photography of Bill Rouda brings to life the late nights, the cheap drinks, the isolated evenings where music, thoughts, and the company of strangers collide. Nashville's Lower Broad is a story longing to be told and Bill Rouda's photography does just that.
THE FUTURE OF MUSIC : Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution
The Record Industry is Terminally Ill. The record industry as we know it is dying. But the music industry is healthier and more vibrant than ever, with limitless possibilities for change and growth due to the Internet and the digitization of music. The Future of Music will show you cool new ways to find music and connect with your favorite artists. Discover the top-10 truths about the music business of the future and how you can benefit from the explosion in digital music, today and tomorrow. The Future of Music punches gaping holes through the foundation of a record industry that refuses to adapt. * The best-selling CD of 2004 is blank and recordable. * Blink-182's best-selling single of all time was "launched" on EA's Madden 2004 video game. * File-sharing can be the savior of the music industry. * The artists are the brands, and entertainment is the main attraction. * Radio is no longer the primary way that people discover new music. * The record business is NOT the record business.
In its First Edition, 6 Steps to Songwriting Success provided novices hoping to pitch their songs to artists other than themselves an easy to understand, step-by-step approach to mastering those elements consistently found in hit songs. Incorporating inspiring anecdotes from the author’s own success story and instructive quotes from music industry professionals, as well as 30 effective exercises for practicing, honing, and expanding one’s songwriting skills and helpful checklists for objectively accessing one’s strengths and weaknesses, the book offered a concise analysis of the six steps essential for songwriting success. Updated, substantially revised, and expanded, the Second Edition increases the book’s relevance for performing songwriters writing primarily for themselves or their bands. The revision reflects industry changes since the First Edition, such as the advent of MP3s, the increase in music sampling, and the fact that CDs have replaced cassettes as the industry standard for presenting material. Fifteen new or significantly revised exercises are also included, as are new quotes from industry professionals. Finally, the Appendix has been completely updated to present the most comprehensive and up-to-date listing of songwriter resources available.
A songwriters' version of Natalie Goldberg's classic, million-selling, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within - a book that virtually every serious student of creative writing reads - Blume's new offering is an inspirational book of insights and lessons meant to speak to songwriters, singers, and musicians. It provides an uncensored, behind-the-scenes look at the author's personal experience as a struggling, and then successful songwriter, and thereby offers comfort and hope, as well as valuable tools to other songwriters, whether they are just beginning, or well into their journey.
Get more than your foot in the door! Have you ever dreamed of producing or engineering the next Top 10 hit or working your way up from mail room to executive suite at a record label? Stop dreaming and start reading. This book offers a detailed guide that will educate and empower the serious music and recording industry job seeker. Author Keith Hatschek is an industry insider with more than 25 years experience as a musician, studio owner, and marketing consultant. He shares tips and secrets to help you successfully position yourself to get today's best music and recording industry jobs. Inside you'll find: * The big picture on career opportunities in music and recording * Details on booming job prospects in new media including gaming and Internet audio * Workshops that will help you assess and develop your own personalized career path * A resource directory of key publications and industry trade organizations * Interviews with top pros who discuss how they got their start, plus what skills today's leading job candidates must possess * Tips on developing expert networking skills * A step-by-step guide to developing a first-rate resume
The music business - like every other business - is based on personal relationships. Who you know and who knows you is equally (or even more) important as what you know. This book is the blueprint for developing the people skills necessary to achieve success. Helpful for both the pro and the novice, it is a detailed guide to creating a career game plan, filled with advice from artists, writers and execs who have already established themselves as major players. Author Dan Kimpel's invaluable insights are vividly documented here in a high-energy, highly readable fashion.
Create professional quality music in your home studio. With the explosion of project studio gear available to the home musician, it is easier than ever to create professional-quality music at home. An important resource for developing the skills you need to create top-notch musical recordings, this book will show you how to produce great music in your home studio, no matter what recording tools you use. Learn about: * How to set up your home studio * MIDI production techniques * Editing techniques and tips * Mixing and mastering techniques from the pros With a complete explanation of the entire production process, you'll find everything you need for your professional home studio.
RECORDING IN THE DIGITAL WORLD by Thomas Rudolph, Vicent Leonard
Build the perfect digital studio, no matter what your budget. Creating professional-quality digital recordings does not require buying the most expensive equipment. It does require buying the right equipment and knowing how to use it effectively. Recording in the Digital World provides professional advice and recommendations on studio gear, software, and the latest technologies. Learn to create, edit, and master digital recordings like a pro with the practical tips and extensive suggestions featured in this guide. Experienced recording engineers share their invaluable expertise on microphone, mixing, and mastering techniques that can be applied in any studio, along with in-depth technical specifications. A complete overview of all digital recording options, including: * A guide to what to buy and how to use it * Practical advice for developing digital studios at three different price levels, with budgets from $1,000 to $30,000 * Simple-language explanations of digital-world terminology and concepts * Descriptions and estimated costs for the elements of today's studios, including instruments, microphones, mixers, recording media, computers, software, and more * Objective information and experts' professional preferences on gear and recording techniques This is the most comprehensive guide available for professional musicians, music educators, and music hobbyists who want to explore the world of digital recording. The wealth of information provided will help you select the appropriate equipment and software for your studio and assist you in making the best possible digital recordings.
MUSIC, MONEY & SUCCESS by Todd Brabec and Jeff Brabec
This new edition covers download and streaming royalties; ringtone/cell phone and video game licenses and royalties; 2004 and 2005 mechanical royalty rates; ASCAP and BMI payments and rates; artist, musician and vocalist sound recording performance royalties; new recording artist contract clauses; webcasting rates and royalties; and actual film, television and advertising synchronization licenses. This comprehensive guide to the many areas where songwriters, music publishers and recording artists make money is co-authored by ASCAP Executive Vice President and Director of Membership, Todd Brabec and Chrysalis Music Vice President of Business Affairs, Jeff Brabec and includes chapters on music publishing, copyright, recording contracts, motion picture and TV contracts and royalties, advertising commercials, performing rights, foreign country royalties, Broadway and off-Broadway theatre, lawyers, managers and agents, sampling of records and songs, the Internet, joint ventures, tips on breaking into the business and "How to value your copyrights if you are buying or selling them."
If you are an independent musician, producer, studio owner, or label, you should own this book! Written by Peter Spellman, Director of the Career Development Center at Berklee College of Music, this guide will teach you everything you need to know to become a success in the music business. Filled with empowering resources and tips for self-managed musicians including: * How to write a business plan, create press kits, sharpen your business chops * Using the Internet to promote your music * How to customize your demos for maximum exposure * Secrets to getting your music played on the radio * 12 things you can do to get the most out of every gig * The most comprehensive musician's resource list on the planet, updated continually online!
Simply put: This is the bible of music licensing. It's not as cheap as the bible and you don't have a prayer of finding it much cheaper than the used versions that someone foolishly gives up on Amazon, but regardless of the price, it's worth every penny. If you want to truly understand the mechanics, logistics, and legalities of music licensing, learn it from the authority who was sorting out licensing issues concerning the internet and digital distribution over 10 years ago - before it became a "hot" topic. Gian Fiero, Los Angeles, CA.
This autobiography tells the story of an unassuming young man from rural Canada who worked his way to the top of the world of glitz and glamour, galvanizing the music industry in the process. Detailed are the life and career of Pierre Cossette, who, after much wrangling and hair-pulling, convinced the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to let him produce the Grammy Awards on television for the first time in 1971. Cossette offers his vision of the industry, detailing the stars, directors, and producers; the movie, TV, and record companies; and the art, creation, and exhibition of the breathtaking stage productions. With inimitable style, Cossette transformed the Grammys into an international spectacle on his own terms. About the Author Pierre Cossette initiated the live Grammy Awards in 1971 and has been the producer of the televised ceremony ever since. He is the recipient of a Tony Award, an honorary People's Choice Award, several Emmy Awards, and a Grammy Award. He lives in Montreal, Quebec, and Los Angeles.
Successful songwriters know that to really make it in today's music business, you have to get your music published. Eric Beall, Vice President, Creative at Sony/ATV Music, helps songwriters traverse the intricate maze, pitfalls, and obstacles surrounding music publishing in MAKING MUSIC MAKE MONEY: An Insider's Guide to Becoming Your Own Music Publisher. "First, most songwriters need to realize that they already have a music publisher: themselves," writes Beall. "The problem is that most writers either don't realize that they are already music publishers, or don't understand how to effectively act as their own publisher." MAKING MUSIC MAKE MONEY will empower songwriters to take charge of their own careers. It provides an insider's view of the music publishing business, and offers some practical and up-to-the-minute tips to help writers make a living doing what they do best: writing songs. Beall covers everything you need to know to get published, including: * The role of the music publisher * Understanding the copyright: how to get one, use one, and make money from one * Building a business plan and setting up shop * Identifying which songs to sell, who to sell them to, and then how to ensure that you get paid * Protecting yourself from copyright infringement MAKING MUSIC MAKE MONEY: An Insider's Guide to Becoming Your Own Music Publisher will educate songwriters, as well as aspiring music business entrepreneurs, in the basics of becoming an effective independent music publisher.
An entertainment lawyer whose clients include many from the top of the music charts, Passman has written a book that sets out to give musicians, performers, and songwriters the tools to hire advisers, market their careers, protect their creative works, and generally cope with a complex industry in a state of flux. Passman explains boilerplate language, the complexities of royalties and advances, and label and distribution deals; a section on record deals begins with an overview of the business and works through all the steps. The "Adventures in Cyberspace" chapter is a helpful summary of the way CD-ROMs and the Internet are affecting the business. Included here is information on recent legislation and a look at how digitizing music delivery will continue to change things. Packed with illustrations, sample calculations, and definitions, All You Need To Know is humorous and accessible enough for those who just want to understand the business while being detailed and documented enough for those who make a living from it. Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Now anyone can write and play their own songs on the guitar - with no prior training! This inspirational handbook teaches readers how to play guitar, while providing a solid foundation in songwriting techniques, using well-known songs as examples, easy-to-follow text, and graphics that explain and demonstrate lyrics, melody, harmony and rhythm. This book's straightforward style will have even those who've never played a guitar or written a song making music with ease.
Using visual examples of songwriting techniques, this book teaches guitarists to write better songs. The CD demonstrates how the examples sound, and it includes dozens of chord progressions, evolving melodies and structures, and harmony effects, making the book especially useful to those who don't read music. The book starts with basic chords, describes how to write a song with simple elements, then gradually develops more complex structures. By seeing and hearing step-by-step examples of the song craft, the reader can easily learn the secrets of songwriting.
This book identifies 30 distinct guitar riff types, and goes on to illustrate them with 150 inspired examples, examining how they have been developed and used by great rock musicians from Cream and The Beatles, through Nirvana and Soundgarden, to Metallica, Limp Bizkit, The Strokes and The White Stripes. The first half of the book analyzes classic rock riffs and reveals the stories behind their creation, supported by illustrations and a 30-track CD of audio examples. The second section shows how to construct great riffs. Readers learn how to shape a melody, integrate a guitar riff with the rest of a song, enhance it with effects, and work with intervals and scales. Includes an exclusive interview with Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.
Discover songwriting techniques from the hit makers! Melody is a subject too often neglected in the teaching of music. This unique resource gives melody that attention it deserves, and proves that melody writing is a skill that can be learned. Through proven tool and techniques, you will learn to write interesting melodies, how melodic rhythm influences rhyme, what makes harmony progress, and the many dynamic relationships between melody and harmony. This clear and comprehensive approach to songwriting unlocks the secrets of popular songs, revealing what really makes them work. Examples of great songs by such notable songwriters as Lennon and McCartney, Diane Warren, Robert Palmer, and more, provide a close-up illustration of the songwriting techniques employed by these masters of the industry. This is the book used in Songwriting classes at Berklee College of Music. The exercises provided make it a wonderful self-teaching manual and a great addition to any general theory course of any level. Use the tools presented in this book to help fine-tune your craft and start writing hits!
Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Better Lyrics Pat Pattison, a veteran songwriter, has taught many of Berklee College of Music's best and brightest how to write truly great lyrics. This book will help you handle your lyric structures more effectively. Showing you how to take control of your lyrics by honing your creative process, this essential guidebook reveals the secrets of how to become a naturally great lyricist. By studying examples of famous songs, you will learn to integrate the techniques of the pros into your own lyric-writing craft. The exercises and tools in this book will help you eliminate some trial and error and start writing better lyrics more quickly and efficiently. Features: * Write more interesting lyrics and songs * Integrate spontaneous soloing as part of your expressive vocabulary * Strategically manage the timing and placement of your most important ideas * Enjoy more creative possibilities than you've experienced before.
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!
Learn how harmony can help you express your songwriting ideas—using chords and chord structures the way that professional songwriters do. The Songwriter's Workshop series is a new approach to writing hit songs designed for songwriters at all levels, from beginners to professional songwriters who are looking for new ideas to spice up their work. Each book in the series presents a set of tools for writing songs, with practical practice exercises. The Songwriter's Workshop: Harmony teaches the fundamental harmony techniques used in today's hit songs, together with easy-to-follow exercises so you can immediately apply these tools to your own songs. Quit wrestling with writer's block, and learn to make the songwriting process easy, fun, and intuitive. Learn how to: * Incorporate "power progressions"—the most common and effective chord progressions, which have been used in countless hits, into your own songs * Explore colors of chords and keys, so that you can use them to express the emotion of the lyrics * Understand the states of being harmonically "home" and "away from home," and use them to maximize your songs' emotional impact * Adapt and embellish chords and progressions to enrich your palette of colors * Vary your harmonies and progressions to generate many new creative possibilities * Practice the musical applications of harmonic constructs such as cadences and modulations * Write memorable choruses and verses that work together as complete songs The included play-along CD provides a perfect accompaniment to help you practice your songs.
The craft of lyric writing book by Sheila Davis. This book answers hundreds of fundamental questions about songwriting to help you write recordable lyrics that can catch the music industry's attention.
Reviewer: Dottie Burman (New York, New York) - If you want THE book on lyric writing, this is it! Sheila Davis's highly readable work has inspired beginning as well as experienced writers. I should know! Thanks to Sheila, my CD of 20 of my original songs, I'M IN LOVE WITH MY COMPUTER, was named "One of the Best Cabaret CDs of `98" by InTheatre Magazine. Sheila is not only a published songwriter, but also a supportive workshop teacher. Her book reflects her teaching style: highly accessible but thought-provoking at the same time. She gives examples for every point she makes.Reading the book is the next best thing to working in person with her, which I've had the privilege of doing. I also highly recommend her workbook "Successful Lyric Writing,"particularly helpful to the lyricist starting out, and "The Songwriter's Ideabook" which is wonderful for any songwriter looking for a creative boost!
Beginning songwriters as well as experienced ones wishing to enhance their ability to compose tuneful melodies can turn to Weissman's primer. He first defines a melody as "the single line of the structure that you can hum or whistle" and discusses generally how to read and write musical notation before delving into the melody-generating process. One interesting note: "The book is designed to be equally user-friendly for guitarists or keyboard players." Whether one is attempting to write ad jingles or pop tunes, Weissman's guide demonstrates the steps to follow in devising the melody and melding it with the lyrics. Denise Perry Donavin
The updated version of this previously published book will tell you all you need to know about becoming the next Lennon and McCartney. You'll learn exactly what to expect when working with another songwriter and how to make your co-writing arrangement work. Carter offers an insightful look at how to find a partner, sharing success and rejection, where to get ideas, and much more.
Eighty-eight ways to spot what’s wrong with a song - along with expert instruction on how to fix it! Songwriters Pat and Pete Luboff cover it all, pointing out pitfalls and supplying solutions every measure of the way. Many of the chapter titles are word-plays on song titles. "I Did It Their Way," is sub-titled "Don't write to impress or please others, write from your own passion," and "To Sing the Unsingable Word" warns "Beware of tongue-twisting word combinations and hard consonants on long notes." Music business topics are covered, too, in chapters such as "No Sir, That's My Baby," advising "Don't be reluctant to let go of a song because you're saving it for your artist deal " and "Pennies from Heaven," instructing "Don't think your royalties will automatically come to you." 144 pages. 8-1/2 x 11.
With candor and passion, 15 of the nation’s most talented tunesmiths offer personal accounts of how they create their works, what their songs mean to them, and how they keep their creativity flowing. This entertaining collection on one-on-one interviews provides inspiration and advice for songwriters and music afficionados. .
SOUL OF THE WRITER by Susan Tucker
"The Soul Of A Writer" is not only thought-provoking, it delivers inspiration in the face of adversity. To begin the journey, is to start with the soul, and that is exactly what these authors accomplished. There are no right or wrong answers, just the true and human insights from those who write the songs. How powerful is the human voice and how ever-present is the writer who gives life to it! Truly a world of revelations , habits, and human ancedotes fill the pages of this book. It is a rare find for those looking to identify their thoughts and feelings with other songwriters. Whether you are a writer in full blown success or a writer still in search of that "first:" hit, I highly recommend settling down in your most comfortable spot and jumping right in. It may be remarkable what you discover in the "soul of a writer."
This behind-the-scenes look at the Nashville music industry reveals inside tips on how to break through the system and get heard. The new edition of this popular guide includes the latest strategies for Internet marketing, best techniques for pitching songs and artist packages, new interviews with BMI Songwriter of the Year Jeff Steele and top music publishers, and much more. Readers will learn how to get songs heard in Music City, U.S.A; how to find the decision makers in the industry; and exactly what they’re looking for in the next star. Included are firsthand accounts by city residents offering tips for planning a first trip to Nashville, insight on what lies ahead for the Nashville music market, and how to break into the Nashville music scene. A unique, one-week itinerary is packed with great ideas about how to get the most out of a trip to Nashville. In-depth and completely updated information is included on top music publishers, record producers, record companies, hot recording studios, demo services, publicists, artist managers, and even legal services available in or around the city. A helpful resource section provides guidelines for setting up an artist showcase, and complete contact information for everything from where to eat, where to stay, and where to have fun.
Discover the secrets of successful songwriting with this essential guide! Cofounder of the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase John Braheny teaches you the craft of songwriting while going behind the scenes of the music business to reveal insider secrets that will make your work stand out. Dozens of exercises, examples and anecdotes from songwriters such as Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, TLC, Lenny Kravitz and Paul McCartney will you show you how to: develop a songwriter's consciousness; overcome barriers in the creative process; write in all musical styles, and for film and TV; and skillfully manage the business of demos and contracts. This updated edition also covers online opportunities for songwriters."A practical street-level look at today's world of songwriting ... Read and learn."- Diane Warren, six-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year with more than 50 Top 10 hits
Music Publishing: A Songwriter's Guide- revised 2nd edition contains everything a songwriter needs to know about the publishing industry. It has been revised to contain information about new media such as CD-ROM, the internet and sampling. Music Publishing: A Songwriter's Guide, Revised book by Randy Poe. "If I had only know then what I know now, I wouldn't have signed that first contract without considering all of my options." --Every songwriter that ever lived.Don't let this happen to you. When it comes time for you to sign a publishing contract, you want to be absolutely certain that you're getting the best possible deal for you and your song. And this book will show you how. Here, Randy Poe takes the mystery out of music publishing, explaining what it's all about and what it means to you as a songwriter. You'll learn how songwriters and music publishers earn performance royalties, mechanical royalties, synchronization royalties, and print royalties in the United States and abroad. And you'll learn what your publishing options are -- from a single song contract to a full-time position as a staff writer to a self-publishing operation. By the time you finish this book, you'll be able to speak "music business" with the best of them -- an enviable position for any songwriter. And most important, you'll never make an uninformed decision about publishing your songs that you'll later regret.
His book, "How To Pitch and Promote Your Songs", was first published by Writer’s Digest in 1988, and a revised edition published by Allworth Press currently available through and other book sellers. This book is one way that Fred Koller mentors capable young songwriters and guides them to an entry point into the Nashville writers' community. He has also taught song writing classes and given seminars on publishing at many festivals and colleges. Walter Carter, songwriter and author of The Songwriter’s Guide to Collaboration “...comes complete with an encouraging pat on the back and a motivational kick in the butt.” Lee Wilson, attorney and author of Making It in the Music Business "Ensure that your songs will always produce what every songwriter dreams of—royalty checks. Buy this book and read it!”
From Publishers Weekly The only artist to receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration, Webb has written many of the most memorable songs performed by the Fifth Dimension ("Up, Up and Away"), Donna Summer ("MacArthur Park") and Amy Grant ("If These Walls Could Speak"), among others. Here he seeks to impart the tools of the trade to songwriters "who may be attempting the delicate transition from amateur to professional." Covering technical matters from basic chord theory and rhyme schemes to the protocol of pitching songs, Webb draws on a trove of personal anecdotes from a career spanning more than two decades. In addition to salient comments on today's music scene, Webb cites numerous examples from the past and includes sections on writing for the stage and film. Of greatest value, perhaps, are the exercises suggested for developing song ideas, which will help anyone stumbling through a period of writer's block. While Webb's fans will revel in the behind-the-scenes details of his career and a candid view of his artistic process, others may wish that the asides, finger pointing (at arrogant co-writers) and Webb's own pet peeves (e.g., no-talent spouses who insist on songwriting credits on their partner's records) had been left out. And Webb's nuts-and-bolts approach somehow undercuts every songwriter's need for that spark of absolute inspiration. For those interested in the latter, Songwriters on Songwriting: The Expanded Version (Da Capo, 1997), a collection of interviews between editor Paul Zollo and a variety of songwriters, including Webb, is the ticket. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Our house is a very, very, very fine house. With two cats in the yard, life used to be so hard..." In 1970, "Our House" was recorded and released by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and immediately became a sentimental favorite for millions of fans. Its honest, romantic, homespun lyrics expressed a sentiment felt by all of us. To this day, the song remains a classic and is one whose melody and lyrics can be sung and repeated by the millions of people whose lives it touched. Songs like these and many others have created landmark moments in all of our lives, marking and celebrating key events, past and better times, current relationships, and hopes for the future. Now, Manuscript Originals has compiles the stories behind a collection of 25 of the world's most celebrated songs in Off The Record, a stunning book and CD collection that will commemorate the impact these classic songs have had in our contemporary world. Original handwritten images of the lyrics from these classic songs rendered by their original authors and accompanied by the songwriter's own artwork will be displayed in each of the book's 25 chapters. In addition, readers will find historical, social and "off the cuff" personal insights about these fascinating people and the music they produced. Illuminating photographs - some from the writer's or performer's personal archive that have never been seen before - will also document the journey of each artist's individual songwriting path. While the names of some of the songwriters included in Off the Record are better known to the general public than others, the songs these artists are associated with are some of the most famous titles in the world. Among the songwriters included are Graham Nash, David Crosby, Grace Slick, Ben E. King, Jimmie Davis ("You Are My Sunshine"), John Lee Hooker, Waylon Jennings, Randy Bachman, Peter Yarrow, and many, many more. The CDs enclosed in Off The Record include individual audio interviews from selected writers about their famous song's origin and the songwriter's perspectives on the creative process. A musical rendition of the song and/or its famous melody will also be represented. All told, Off the Record presents a remarkable and unique look into the world of songwriters and their classic songs. It gives the general consumer the ability to personally connect with some of the most beloved music of our times.
LAW AND BUSINESS OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES by Donald E. Biederman, Martin E. Silfen, Robert C. Berry, Edward P. Pierson, Jeanne A. Glasser
In response to increasing convergence of technologies in the entertainment industries, this thoroughly updated and revised fourth edition in also carefully reorganized and conveniently reformatted. Moreover, this new easy to read single-column format makes the volume a more accessible resource for lawyers, students, and industry professionals. The fourth edition is divided into two parts--one dealing with general principles and the other dealing with specific entertainment and related industries--and over fifty new cases have been added. The case material covers recent changes in the entertainment business--among them innovations, consolidations, copyright issues, and globalization--and each is analyzed in detail. FREE semi-annual supplements are available. FOR THE FIRST TIME THESE SUPPLEMENTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE!!