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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music; First Thus edition (October 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882847295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882847290
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin M. Mitchell is a writer and a musician. He graduated from the University of Missouri--Kansas City Conservatory of Music. As managing editor for the campus paper, he wrote news, features, and humor pieces. This led him to the hilarious position as obituary writer for the Kansas City Star. He moved to Los Angeles and worked at the Groundlings Improv Theater, which staged a one-act comedy he wrote. Three full-length musicals he wrote, composed, or co-wrote were performed in L.A. and St. Louis. He's published more than a dozen books including How to Put a Band Together, Making a Great Demo, Songwriter's Rhyming Dictionary, Hip Hop Rhyming Dictionary, The Musician's Ultimate Joke Book, and St. Louis Dad. He contributes to many magazines about musical instruments and the live entertainment industry. Mitchell is producer and head writer for the Parnelli Awards, an annual ceremony that celebrates lighting designers, audio engineers, and other professionals who make concert touring possible. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and two children, where he also fronts a popular jazz group, the Kevin Mitchell 4.

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It's very helpful.
Misty Dawn
I recently purchased this book and I found it very helpful in my rhyming abilities.
D. Paz
A good rhyming dictionary.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
While this didn't necessarily have the greatest amount of information, and not all the words were cross-referenced back to each other all the time, it was still a very useful tool. Since it's small, you can carry it around easily. The abscence of more complicated words was rationalized by the fact that most songs would sound odd with scientific references and other such words in the lyrics. It only had the most used words, but there were plenty of them. However, I found the greatest value in this book at the very beginning within about the first ten pages. These pages provided an excellent tips section for song writing in general that has the best list of 10 useful tips I've ver seen. I lost this book, and I will probably buy it again (mostly for the tips section, but also because it is a great reference you can carry anywhere).
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2002
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Every songwriter who uses rhyme has moments of searching for the right word. This dictionary is perfect: easy to carry, very easy to use, and chock full of good words. I find that looking for the right word can also stimulating song ideas.
I've tried other, more technical books, for poets. But I've found this to be at once sufficient and comprehensive for my songwriting.
You never can tell,
So use it well.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By S. Ylinen on January 23, 2004
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This is a handy book. It's small and easy to carry around and you can pretty often find what you're looking for in it. It's good if you're browsing for ideas and it has a small section on basic rhyming schemes and useful hints for beginner songwriters.
There are some serious drawbacks though. The obvious one is that it's not very big and doesn't have all that many words. Another is that while it lists words in different tenses, it does for some reason not appear to have any words in plural listed. It has 16 rhymes for the word "star", but "stars" (or any words that rhyme, like cars, bars, etc.) is nowhere to be found.
So while this is a handy book for the beginning lyricist, people who are really serious about songwriting should probably go for something more extensive.
But then again, it's only 6 bucks. And for 6 bucks it's not a bad book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Shannon Bussey on January 5, 2006
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This is one of the best rhyming dictionaries around. I love the way it is organized. It also has all kinds of tidbit information in the front of the book that other rhyming dictionaries do not. there maybe larger desk versions of rhyming dictionaries but as far as pocket sizes go this is the best.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Hagman on July 25, 2004
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It's important to mention, that this physically small dictionary has its limitations. The dictionary doesn't cover every aspect on rhyming. But it's not its generally purpose. The book will come in handy for those who want a fast rhyme (or half rhyme) to finish his/her lyrics in a good way. It also have some practical information on songwriting in general. I like this practical book for what it is. Even though it's small, its potential are huge!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BeckyRED on February 18, 2008
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I purchased the Essential Songwriter's Rhyming Dictionary for my son, a budding songwriter. It seems to be good enough for his dad, a seasoned songwriter, to borrow pretty consistently. They have both found it useful and are singing its praises!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Paz on October 19, 2007
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I recently purchased this book and I found it very helpful in my rhyming abilities. I do a lot of Hip-Hop rhyming, but my vocabulary is limited. So now that I have this, my vocabulary expanded to a new level now. I love it, and I love the first 2 sections where it gives the format of rhyming, the broken rules, the name, places, expression, and clichés. It explains prefixes and suffixes and has a Glossary of Rhyme Schemes (The Basics, The Blues, Limerick, & Triplets). As well as A Brief History of Rhyme and 10 tips for better Lyric Writing. The 3rd section of course is the where all the rhyming words are. The size is really good for when you're out on the road [it's pocket size!]. Highly recommended for any musician/songwriter/lyricist.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 1999
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While this book has been incredibly useful in times of writer's block, is it not very thorough, nor in-depth. For instance, under "Ordinary," the author was generous enough to include common (English) names - Mary, Perry, Jerry, and Terry. What about Barry, Sherry, Larry, Carrie, Gary, or Harry? In addition, there are not very many entries, requiring you to mentally try to conjure the name of a rhyming word and look /that/ up. However, the format is decent. It's worth your money, if you don't plan to use it very often.
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