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Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting: 126 Proven Techniques for Writing Songs That Sell Paperback – October 1, 2008
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"Concrete tools to kickstart your songwriting. Should be in every songwriter's arsenal." ~Jason Blume, author, hit songwriter
"An excellent road map for writers at all levels. This is the songwriter's GPS!" ~ Ralph Murphy, V.P. ASCAP, Nashville
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* Book is concise.
* Easy read for beginners.
* Requires no knowledge of music theory.
* Uses examples of contemporary songs across multiple genres for examples of good songwriting.
* Provides only the most the basic theory necessary to write songs, so as not to intimidate rookie songwriters.
- Can be repetitive (although for some, this can actually be a good thing, because it is purposeful repetition)
- Needs a chapter that breaks down the song structure, lyrics and melodies endemic to individual genres
- It could do a better job for those with knowledge of intermediate music theory. Perhaps a sequel? ;)
Overall, I would say the book is a must read for someone just getting their feet into the world of songwriting. If you think you have some innate talent for writing melodies, lyrics, chord progression or entire songs, then as you flip through the pages of this book it will seem to tie together thoughts and elements that you had some ethereal grasp of, but never quite codified in your mind.
Along those same lines, the book will also help you begin to think critically about the music to which you are currently listening.Read more ›
Books like this are all about pleasing the accountants and lawyers who pay off radio conglomerates to play whatever they're peddling this minute, and not pleasing the real audience who hungers for quality music of the kind they're not getting from the rusty dinosaurs who run the traditional music business. You have other options now. If you write great songs and you can get them in front of audiences, no matter how small you start out, you can make a living in music without ever getting on the radio. Thousands of people are doing it. Only a few are doing it the old-fashioned, traditional way that's being described in this book and other books like it. And if country or pre-adolescent pop isn't your genre, your chances of being a "hit" songwriter with a sustainable career in the traditional music business is worse than your chance of being hit by lightning.
I'm not here to rain on anyone's dream. Just the opposite. I'm telling you there are actually more ways to make a living writing music now than there were when the corporate gatekeepers held all the cards. If you're reading this book to "get rich" in songwriting, you're barking up the wrong tree. Concentrate on writing great songs, not "hit" songs.Read more ›
This inspiring and informative book is not meant to stay on the bookshelf. It is an efficient, fun to use tool that is meant to be used-used-used! You'll learn techniques used by successful songwriters, and Robin's writing style is so enthusiastic you'll believe you can do it too. What's more, throughout the book you'll be encouraged to "Do It Now"!
A unique feature of the book is that it can be read in any order. Reading forward, backward, or inside out, you can quickly find something to improve and energize your songwriting skills. This book was truly written and organized with the creative mind in mind.
Because the information is so on-the-mark, it is easy to feel confident that Robin Frederick knows what she's talking about, and this trust factor really helps the learning process. And speaking of easy: I tell my friends this book is so user-friendly you can feel the life jumping off the page! I predict that it'll be hard to resist the urge to write a song after holding this book in your hands for only a few minutes.
I can't speak more highly of this honest, straight-shooting book. If you dive in with real determination, you'll come out soaked with all the ideas, skills, and energy you need to take your songs to the next level.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Would recommend to songwriters of all styles/genres.Published 10 days ago by Todd Schreiner
Some fantastic ideas that will greatly enhance my songwriting. This will retain a place on my shelf for repeated reference when "stuck". Read morePublished 18 days ago by J. Nations
Great book to compliment my songwriting teaching materials. Very helpful.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've read MANY songwriting books over the years. My thinking has been, if reading a book can inspire me or help me to write one "good" song then the time spent (or the cost... Read morePublished 1 month ago by From the Musician's Pen
I really like this book and Robin's style of writing, wit, music examples and practical application exercises
Remember these are shortcuts , they are excellent but do not go... Read more
After reading this book you will understand a gray area. Reverse engineering? Plagiarism? The basic premise is that if you want to write a hit song you better learn how somebody... Read morePublished 5 months ago by damionwagner