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Six Steps to Songwriting Success: The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs Rev Exp Edition
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I like the quotes from professionals (writers and industry people) on all the subjects he covers, everything from the writing process, the business, melodies, hooks. The examples of lyric writing are mostly contemporary as of the early 2000s (unlike a few other books I have read) which is nice.
However, I think there are better books about lyric writing and song structure, namely: Popular Lyric Writing: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling and Writing Better Lyrics, which is why I'm giving this 4 stars.
Finally, my advice to someone wants to write songs is that it's fine to pick up a book or two to learn the basics. But ultimately, I believe that to write good songs, you should
1) Put away the books
2) Listen to songs that you love and analyze why you like them
3) Actually write songs. It doesn't matter how good they are, it only matters that you keep finishing complete songs. That's the only way to actually get better.
I say this as someone who's read a lot of songwriting books and not written as much as I should have. Good luck!
The plus to the book are that it's got lots of great insights into the music business and is very matter of fact and brutally honest about the music industry and how it works and that helps in dispelling any rosy myths one might have when thinking of getting into it. That pushes you to realistically assess your talents and work harder to step up your game or decide if this career is one you really want to get into.
My advice though is that this one book will not be enough if you really want to learn everything you need to know about songwriting, especially the musical aspects of composing and writing great lyrics.
Some other books I found very very helpful as a companion to this were:
Shortcuts to Hit songwriting - Robin Frederick
The Craft and Business of Songwriting - John Braheny
Jokes aside, this book has really good advice on song structure and writing better lyrics. It contains a lot of information that can help you turn an average song into a really good one. Cynics might suggest that this book is all about writing generic radio play, but Jason Blume's advice is really about writing effective lyrics. The only real reason for buying this book should be the information on lyric writing. It also contains a detailed explanation of how the music industry operates, which is useful but, the rest of the book is fairly poor.
Where this book fails is in it's explanation on writing better music. It contains a whole section on melody that essentially boils down to general tips on varying the melody, and contains almost no musical theory. By his own admission, Jason Blume is not really strong on musical theory, and it shows (he completely ignores chords - kind of a big deal!). If you want a good book on writing better melodies try "Melody: How to Write Great Tunes" by Rick Rooksby (ISBN: 0879308192) as it actually explains the musical theory behind writing melodies in great detail.
This book also contains a fairly long section on recording demos that is fairly poor. The book ends with chapter aimed at motivating you to keep trying until you make your big break.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall good reading . . . . It became dry at points. This is pre-itunes, so it needs to be written to refelect today's strategies & technologies. A simple update will do.Published 1 month ago by kristina
What a nice, complete book !! I'm glad I learned english (I'm a french aspiring songwriter) just for this one. Blume's formula is very clear, detailed and full of great exemples. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pierre
I bought this book after attending Blume's workshop at BMI in Nashville. His no-nonsense approach to songwriting is comforting to this journalist. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Afi Scruggs
Bought it for my son for songwriting class. He likes it.Published 8 months ago by Donita Pfeiffer-Waggoner
Solid, great information here. Well written with great examples. Janos Blume knows patterns of songwriting and song editing I have never come across that were helpful to me in... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bill O'Hanlon
Each step is more like a series of 20 steps (I'll call "micro steps"). Each micro step comes with an example to illustrate the point. Read morePublished 9 months ago by casey echternacht
The author speaks with the voice of experience. I believe there something in the book for every songwriter.Published 12 months ago by Okiemusician