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Complete and excellent guide!,
This review is from: How to Write Songs on Guitar: A Guitar-Playing and Songwriting Course (Paperback)
I never thought I'd buy something like a songwriting guide for popular music. Having years of classical music study and theory learning, I never thought I would need the same information all over again. Of course, my songwriting attempts were always pitiable, so lost was I in the middle of the complex harmony techniques I knew...
I had no idea of how much I needed this book. It's not for every starter though, because it requires a bit of theory knowledge and it's hard to follow if you're not willing to learn musical harmony concepts. But this is not to get you scared, it's full of exciting ideas for every aspect of songwriting.
Among its highlights, it has a guide for the chords you'll really need, and why and where you'll need them in your songs. The analysis of a huge number of songs is very useful, and an invitation for you to further develop your ear skills. I don't think the lack of a CD is a problem, since that's what iTunes and others are here for - you'll learn a lot, even from musical styles you may not like. Well, and if you don't already know many of the songs quoted there, what kind of a musician are you anyway?...
In short, this is a theory and harmony book with practical applications for popular music. Don't get fooled by the idea that you can't learn how to write a song from a book. This book lets you master the tools that set the logic behind a song, and this is a big part of what music is all about.
You won't just sit down and read this book once. It'll be a longtime companion.