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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
If you're keen to get into the game of songwriting, it's a good book to read. It tries to provide details about the entire process involved in songwriting - from idea generation to marketing your songs. However, like any one book that tries to cover all bases in a very large and complex undertaking like the songwriting business it ends up lacking in detail in every area. Lots of topics are summarily treated, especially areas on writing lyrics and composing melodies.

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
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Half the book is on the craft of songwriting: song structures, lyrics and titles, and melodies. The other half of the book is on the business of songwriting. It covers how to record a demo, how songwriters make money, publishing, song pitching. The author also talks about how it took him 16 years to really feel successful and comfortable, adding in a few chapters on being persistent and having realistic expectations.

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!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2010
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Jason Blume has written a book for the lyrics-oriented songwriter, but it is disguised as a complete songwriter book. I think his approach is suitable for country and maybe ballads. But he disregards music theory and the importance of rhythm arrangement, harmonization and production. In fact, he makes a big point that you don't have to know how to play an instrument. That's like saying that your toolbox should contain a hammer, but not a saw.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2013
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This book gives you the real story about songwriting. The tools about lyrics and melodies is good enough, but the business side, coming from someone who has been there, was a great value. The last step (spoiler alert :-) regarding your ability to face rejection and the reality of how low anyone's chances of being a successful songwriter needs to be read by everyone who wants to be a songwriter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2013
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We use this book in our songwriting classes and the information has helped our members grow by exploring new techniques in writing songs to perform in local venues as well as submitting songs to established artists that are much better crafted which increases the possibility of getting a song recorded.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2009
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This book was recommended to me by a well known songwriter in Nashville. I was skeptical at first, but I found the book very enlightening. It helps beginning songwriters who aren't sure just what publishers are looking for find a way to make their own music, and make it work. I would recommend this book, as well, to already established songwriters who just want to brush up or get a few more tips on what the 'big' people in the industry are looking for. It covers everything from lyrics, to music, to recording demos to pushing your own music. Its definitely a must read for anyone who seriously wants to pursue songwriting. The best part is, no musical instruments required!
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on July 8, 2014
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6 Steps to Songwriting Success is a must read if you want to write songs that sell in any genre by a master song writer who still lives.
The funniest part of the book is that Jason suggests you to can write great melodies even if you do not play an instrument. Just take up the Kazoo. This masterful instructional work hits everything from changing the melody from verse to chorus to bridge and back. The book also includes some but not all information regarding how to make it in the music industry.My conclusion now two years after I read it is, this is the single one book that best laid out how to write great lyrics and get others to create great melodies. I strongly recommend attend one of Mr. Blume's writing courses often held in the USA and Europe. Best part of it all? Jason is so humble. No big Hollywood kind of ego. I have no financial interest in Mr. Blume's materials. I simply am very grateful for the advise he gave me in one of his seminars regarding how to improve a song of mine.
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on December 23, 2013
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I have actually had the opportunity to meet Jason Blume in person. Just as he states in the first chapter, It's not easy being a songwriter. It took him countless years to develop his craft to get him to where he is today. I love his humble and honest opinion about the songwriting career. He gives critical information about the ups and downs of songwriting, and where to improve. If you are looking for a book that will help you watch out for common songwriting and business pitfalls, then this book is for you. Jason Blume has worked and collaborated with thousands of songwriters and musicians, so his knowledge is priceless. With that being said it would also be wise to note that perhaps this is not amongst the most "fattest" of songwriting books in the market. Although the information contained in this book is priceless it is quite limited none-the-less. Count on having the urge to buy another songwriting book to go along with it later.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2008
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Anyone with ears can tell the difference between a top forty hit, and the screaming guttural music that comes from small clubs and never emerges from there. "6 Steps to Songwriting Success: The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs" is a complete and comprehensive study and guide to the hit songs of today and how songwriters produced these record-breaking records, and more. "6 Steps to Songwriting Success" is a must for any aspiring musician who wants advice on making their own breakout hit.
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on March 1, 2014
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I truly enjoyed this book. It helped me understand what I need to seek out when writing my lyrics. Thanks
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