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Songwriting For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Dave Austin , Jim Peterik , Cathy Lynn Austin
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"...this text covers all the bases..." (Guitar Magazine, August 2003)
"...if you are more talented then me visit" (Ipswich Evening Star, 20 August 2003)


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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly recommended!! 31. März 2014
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Finally, for me the first book, if not "The Book" about understanding Songwriting!
Tried several other books about the topic, but this is the first which helped a beginner like me to go further then writing a guitar riff!
Highly recommended! Thank you Jim Peterik, Dave Austin & Cathy Lynn! An aspiring songwriter from Austria, Lake Neusiedl

Endlich, ein sinnvolles, leicht verständliches Buch, wie man Songs schreibt!! Bin sehr froh, dass ich es bestellt habe!

Habe lange hier auf Amazon nach Literatur gesucht, wie man musikalische Ideen (wie z.B. ein Gitarrenriff) zu einem Song weiterentwickelt. Und beinahe hätte ich die Suche aufgegeben. Als Hobbie-Amateur mit mehrjähriger Banderfahrung und Spielpraxis (E-Gitarre, Bass, Schlagzeug), beherrsche ich die Instrumente, kenne einige Noten, kenne mich gut mit meiner DAW aus und habe unzählige Melodien aufgenommen. Nur leider wurden daraus nie vollständige Songs.

Um dieses Manko zu beseitigen, hatte ich vor einigen Monaten einen ersten Anlauf genommen und "Songwriting intensiv: vom leeren Blatt zum fertigen Titel" von Michael Schimyk hier auf Amazon bestellt " bestellt. Obwohl der Titel genau das versprach, wonach ich suchte, fand ich damit nicht den Einstieg. Es zeigte zwar auf, wie man sich motiviert, wie man Themen findet, anderseits ist leider wieder das übliche Fachgeschwafel über "Quintenzirkel", Songformen wie AABA, Notenlesen usw. vorhanden.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Genau richtig für Anfänger 25. Februar 2013
Von Kurtz
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Als Einführung ins Songwriting ist das Buch sehr ausreichend. Hilfreich ist auch der einfache Erzählton. Man liest es wirklich gerne und es bleibt einiges Brauchbares hängen. So erwarten wir Dummies das.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Easy to understand 16. Februar 2013
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A clear discription of the structure how to make a song. Beginner friendly book with good examples and exercises. I recommend.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Songwriting For Dummies. 22. Juni 2003
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I learned some good things from this book, but I could have learned more if the book had been proof-read. The authors let a lot of obvious mistakes make it into the final version of the book which makes it hard to follow some of their examples. For instance they may go to great troubles in the text to explain what an ABABC rhyme scheme is; and then for an example of an ABABC rhyme scheme, they show you a lyric that is really in AABBC rhyme scheme. The examples are where most of the errors occur. The actual written text is pretty accurate; but when they magnify and pictorially break down song lyrics, a lot of times, their example fits another form than what they've been describing to you in the text which can confuse a new learner. No one seemed to realize this before the book was published either.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great beginners guide, examples aside 15. Mai 2004
Von Beau J. Randall - Veröffentlicht auf
For what it is and what it's meant to achieve, I would give this 5 stars. It covers all the bases in just enough depth to get one's feet wet so as to not tune the average reader out. One might argue some things could be embellished upon and others really aren't about the art of songwriting itself - for instance the chapters dealing with the business end of things vs. a somewhat brief chapter on chord structure. I feel a 'Dummies' book isn't so much educational as it is to point you in the right direction - you may find the realities of the music business change your attitude toward songwriting. It's nice to have the basics all laid out on the table before you start investing yourself.
Where I fault this book is in the song examples covered. For the under 30 demographic, which I imagine this book is targeted at, the examples here are rather obscure. A good three quarters of them are from the 70s and earlier. That in itself I don't have a problem with, but where's the Zep, Hendrix, Who, Doors, Floyd, Beach Boys references? Aside from the Beatles and Berry and Elvis, there's not much mention of songs that would be indelible in a young person's mind, IOW, bands that made a huge social impact. Same with the newer stuff but it's even more spotty here, little mention of the likes of that class from a decade ago of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, etc. - Train and Nickelback groundbreaking? Huh?!? My ears must have turned inside out. And one of the authors (a guy who co-wrote Eye of the Tiger), mentions his songs in examples ad-nauseum. It's one thing to casually mention some here or there to get his perspective as the writer, but IMO this comes off like a sleazy ploy to pump up royalties. I say this not as a fan of the all the bands or eras of music above but simply to illustrate the irony in what is preached by this book, that in which the successful writer should make his best effort to connect with her audience. I guarantee picking apart Survior and 38 Special songs is not the best avenue to achieve this.
All in all, this book is great info, just full of little things that might make you go 'hmmm'.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Smart Book for the Songwriting 'Dummie' 9. Dezember 2004
Von Mike Sarzo - Veröffentlicht auf
I bought this book when a musician friend recommended it to me. As someone who writes lyrics and who doesn't have even the most basic knowledge of musical terminology, I was looking for something that wasn't too technical and something that wouldn't completely confuse me when I tried to read it. This book definitely fit the bill.

Songwriting for Dummies isn't perfect. It could have done without all the self-promotion of Survivor and 38 Special and it could have done with more late '60s, early '70s music. I was disappointed to find that Stevie Nicks was mentioned in connection with "Bootylicious." Plus, the more technical explanations of writing music caused me to skim over a couple of the chapters. But the overall package gave me what I was looking for.

Despite going through a long period when I would start reading a book, put it down and then forget about it, I concentrated on reading this book and finished it in a matter of days. I enjoyed picking it up and reading it and going back over certain chapters again when necessary.

If you want to find a book that covers chord progressions in great detail, this book isn't for you, but if you want something that touches on the basics of lyrics and melodies, plus gives you an example of the kind of artist rights issues many songwriters face, this is a good reference.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A Book Written by Dummies 2. November 2006
Von Roger Beickel - Veröffentlicht auf
This book should have been entitled how to sell your song writing professionally. This book has little to do with creating or writing music. The title is very misleading and I feel like I just flushed a wad of hard earned money down the toilet. About the only thing useful in this book is some of the information on how to get your music noticed and circulated, which doesn't interest me since I have no ambition to become a professional musician.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Songwriting for Dummies 16. Januar 2003
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As a person who has been involved in multimedia and video production most of my career I was looking for a book on how music is brought into the market place. Songwriting for Dummies is a great book. Its clearly written, highly researched with all the pertainent facts as to how to how the songwriting process works. The thing I wound up appreciating most of all was the inspirational aspects of the book, which for me, added a great deal of depth not found in the other books I've read on the subject. The fact that it is written by accomplished people in their field with input from famous songwriters provided an interesting read.
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