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Product Details

  • Series: Idiot's Guides
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA; Original edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615641033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615641031
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Casey Kelly, the writer of several Grammy-nominated songs, lives in Nashville, Tennessee. His many hits include #1's: Kenny Rogers & Dottie West's "Anyone Who Isn't Me Tonight," Tanya Tucker's "Soon" and George Strait's country music standard, "The Cowboy Rides Away."  He works as a session player and singer and performs in Clubs and Concerts for audiences throughout the US and Europe.  A frequent mentor, panelist and workshop contributor, Casey is a member of ASCAP,  NSAI and he is currently a Songwriters Guild of America Board of Councilors member, and Vice President.  The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Art of Songwriting is his first published book.


David Hodge teaches guitar and songwriting (as well as bass, piano, music theory and more) in Berkshire County, in the southwest corner of Massachusetts and is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Guitar, The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Playing Bass Guitar, and The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Playing Rock Guitar.

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Very practical but also, in a matter of fact way, very motivating.
BLT
I highly recommend this book if you are serious about becoming a better songwriter.
Ne_Philim
Most of the books I own about songwriting are about writing lyrics.
Sednagal

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sednagal on September 1, 2012
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Most of the books I own about songwriting are about writing lyrics. When I first picked up this book, my idea was still that I'd write lyrics and find somebody else who writes music. We'd help each other out and somehow a song would be born.
Hah! Little did I know that it's possible for someone like me, with a good ear for words and rhythm, but no musical training since third grade, and no guitar playing since before Janis Joplin split from Big Brother, to actually begin to write not only lyrics, but also chords and melody.
David Hodge's The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Art of Songwriting is a keeper, not only for me but also for friends who've been involved with the musical end of this art for years.
P.S. Yes, I'm playing the guitar again. Yes, it helps with song writing. Yes, David Hodge has a book in the CIG series for that, too. Buy this book first and that one next, or the other way around. Doesn't matter. You'll be using both!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ne_Philim on August 26, 2011
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As a Nashville native, I've always been fascinated by music and the music industry. This is one of the few books I've found that offers a true insider's view of the real craft of songwriting. Topics covered include:

accessing your creativity
getting your song published
improving the songs you have
finding new ideas
understanding copyright
avoiding getting ripped off

The text is easy to read, and filled with helpful real-world examples. I highly recommend this book if you are serious about becoming a better songwriter.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stormey on January 29, 2012
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Being a songwriter and producer for several years in several genres of music I found this book great tool for anyone who wants to take the art of songwriting seriously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BLT on January 17, 2014
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Very practical but also, in a matter of fact way, very motivating. The solid guidance really empowers a reader who learn, improve and eventually excel at the craft of songwriting. Planning to read it again right away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chia-Pet on September 5, 2014
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The best book for start up writers. Highly recommend!
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