The Songwriting Sourcebook

The Songwriting Sourcebook

How to Turn Chords Into Great Songs

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
Teaches aspiring songwriters the logic behind the creation of effective chord changes for any section of a song whether intro, verse, bridge, or chorus.

Hal Leonard
(Book). Complementing Rikky Rooksby's bestselling How to Write Songs on Guitar (00330574), this easy-to-use reference book will teach you how to write better songs. It analyzes important issues including writing harmonies, melodies and lyrics, and how to improve your songs by redrafting. The reference section includes sequences from a variety of diverse songs, outlining 20 songwriting moments, recommended listening for songwriters, and quotes about songwriting from professional songwriters. The enclosed CD features examples of chords, chord progressions and harmonies featured in the book, with a case history illustrating how to develop a song.

Book News
Using hundreds of chord progressions found in classic songs from the 1920s to present day, this guide teaches aspiring songwriters the logic behind the creation of effective chord changes for any section of a song whether intro, verse, bridge, or chorus. Rooksby (a guitar teacher, songwriter, and music journalist) shows how to enhance mood and creating contrast between parts using as few as three chords, or many more. The progressions are provided as both chord symbols and fretboard diagrams, making the guide useful for keyboard or guitar. A CD containing 20 instrumental tracks allows listeners to add melodies or lyrics to a variety of progressions, rhythms, and styles. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Backbeat Books, 2003
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780879307493
0879307498
Branch Call Number: 782.4213 Rooksby 2003
Characteristics: 224 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm + 1 sound disc (4 3/4 in.)
Additional Contributors: Roberts, Jim
Alternative Title: Song writing sourcebook

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