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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: TAXI Music Books (October 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982004028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982004029
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 11 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robin Frederick has written and produced more than 500 songs for television, records, theater, and audio products. She's a former Director of A&R for Rhino Records, Executive Producer of over 60 albums, and the author of "Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting" and "Shortcuts to Songwriting for Film & TV." Currently, she oversees the A&R Team at TAXI, the world's leading independent A&R company.

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Robin Frederick has written and produced more than 500 songs for television, records, theater, and audio products. She's a former Director of A&R/Production for Rhino Records, Executive Producer of 60 albums, and the author of "Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting" and "Shortcuts to Songwriting for Film & TV." As head of the A&R/Screener Team for TAXI, she has given feedback to TAXI's thousands of songwriter and artist members. Robin currently blogs at www.MySongCoach.com.

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I've been writing songs for a long time and read a few books on songwriting.
Alex Walsh
The book is well organized, methodical, written in an easy to read style, and it is extremely informative.
Alicia
Robin Frederick's book effortlessly shares the facts about writing and pitching songs for film and TV.
Adonis Aletras

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Adonis Aletras on November 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am an instrumental composer and I do not deal with songwriting per se. However, I did purchase the book after
a fellow composer recommended it to me. Let me tell you, Robin Frederick's style of writing is riveting to say the least. She had me
reading the book page after page without wanting to stop. The research that went behind this book is absolutely amazing.
A wealth of information backed by an extensive study of the trend. What did I gain out of it? As I mentioned earlier, I don't write
songs but now I KNOW how music supervisors and how the successful songwriters operate. The music business is afterall...
a business and any business minded musician needs to be aware of the 'bigger' picture. Robin Frederick's book effortlessly shares
the facts about writing and pitching songs for film and TV. I thoroughly recommend it to songwriters AND composers alike.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JJ Enterprizes Corp on January 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
My wife gave "Shortcuts to Songwriting for Film & TV" to me as a Xmas gift. I can't stop reading (and using) the things that I am learning in this book!

There are eight (8) "Parts" in this book that covers 114 Tips! Just browse the Table Of Content using the "Search inside this book" link by this vendor. You'll be amazed how comprehensive Robin's book is! I am going to the many Web Links that Robin lists. These links add 'more' information to any tip- should you need it. Robin lists the tips in a VERY easy-to-understand way...complete with full explanations and even side-bar notes!

Robin's book can be used like a reference book for lookups or a tutorial for "How to's". She offers names and entities important to marketing or pitching. She gives experienced advice on the pros/cons of industry methods. She offers solutions, and success or failures/strengths of given actions. I love and need this book!

Ms Frederick's book validates many of the things that I am hoping to do. Thus, she energizes me to pursuit more of my songwriting dreams. And what songwriter/composer does not need encouragement & positive advice?

Armed with "...Songwriting for Film & TV", I know where to apply more of my energy and resources and which concepts I may wish to reduce (or eliminate) from my particular path to earnings in this industry.

For me, this book qualifies to be a "TAO" of earning income via Film & TV Songwriting. Robin's book gives "direction" and the important, "small step objectives" to my songwriting. Reading this fortifies defined marketing targets using special writing/arranging/marketing ideas for Film & TV.

The "Indie" songwriter/composer must have a copy of this book. I can't say enough good things about this so...If you are a Composer/Songwriter- or a "wan-a-be" ...trust me...just buy it!

Mo J., (Balto., MD USA)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tunesmith100 on December 18, 2010
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Robin's book was recommended to me by a SongU alumni and all I can say is thank you so much for writing this book Robin !!!! It is truly one of the best songwriting books I have EVER purchased.( And I have quite a few). It is real easy to read and organized in a great way with the shortcuts cross-referenced in each chapter. Lots of great examples in links to artists songs to give you a real leg up in your learning about the genre. Fantastic for writers wanting to break into the film and tv market. I submitted a song to several pitches this past week and got a nibble already from a library in LA ! I hope it converts to a placement ! Thanks again Ms Frederick !!! Well done !!!

Cheers
Terry Patrick Morris
New Zealand
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bethany Rubin (Bickenhall music) on May 2, 2014
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I wrote about forty songs before I read Robin Frederick's Film/TV book. Some were lame and some were pretty good, but I didn't get any into film or TV. I've written ten more songs since reading this book and I've had three great placements. One was as source music on a national daytime soap, one was in a two-minute scene of a quasi-reality show on a major network, and the third was a licensing agreement with an international fashion company. Coincidence? I don't think so.

I write songs because I love to, and I'll continue to write songs even if I never make another penny from it. But it's nice to be paid for something I love doing. If you want to write songs that get into film/TV, buy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robbie on April 14, 2014
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If you are trying to write for the Film/TV market and you are having a hard time getting over those hurdles, this is the book for you. Shortcut after shortcut with expert advice, exercises and examples of how to write for today's contemporary film/tv market. I recommend this book to my fellow songwriters and anyone who has a love and passion for songwriting. Thank you Robin for such an amazing well written and helpful book! My songs are flowing! :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruben on May 4, 2012
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The music landscape has changed dramatically. With a new CD under my belt, it's time to market it. But how? Everyone I talk to is trying to figure out how to market profitably in this new world of free downloads. CD sales are a start but while many in the profession are still trying out old formulas, Robin is a step ahead providing valuable guidance and specific, actionable tips for stepping into the realm of film and TV music; an avenue I hadn't considered seriously before reading her book.

Robin makes a convincing case for pitching to film and TV and reveals the potential of this revenue stream. She provides tips on how to best utilize the information and media resources we already have to become more aware of what works. Her book contains chapters on songwriting, production and strategies for pitching. It's comprehensive yet every chapter stands on its own and is highly interactive providing actionalbe tips along the way. I found the final chapter of interviews with top music supervisors to be very insightful. I will refer to this book often.

Tastes are fickle and music styles change but regardless of my level of success, this book has left me feeling confident that I'm prepared to give it my best shot.

Thank you for writing this book just in time for me, Robin.
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