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  • Series: Music Pro Guides
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: HAL LEONARD CORPORATION (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423454405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423454403
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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I really love this book. It's really true that the most basic of ideas can get your creative juices flowing. I've always been a hesitant song writer - not sure why... confidence maybe. But there is something to be said when a simple idea can be a foundation that will lead you in countless creative directions. This might be just the book you're looking for to overcome songwriter's block, and is a helpful jumping off point.
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I have enjoyed using this book to form ideas for songs. Easy to understand and very effective! My song writing has been a lot better sine I stated to use this book.
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This is just what I was hoping it would be. Its not so much of a collection of concrete ideas as it is ideas and questions designed to stimulate your own thinking and creativity. It asks you to look at situations from a different point of view. It suggests trying parts of familiar melodies then changing them. Its stimulating for both melody writing or lyric writing. So far, I've picked out an idea randomly and written free associations or lines that rhyme. Its a fun exercise. Some of these may turn into songs, some not no pressure.This book would be useful for experienced songwriters as well as beginners. It may help writers block. It keeps my mind flowing and thinking in song form. I'm enjoying it.
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This book does what it says. Some people have knocked it, but I have to disagree. There are just ideas for writing, divided into categories. It's just to jog your imagination. It was never intended to be anything else, like a "how to" book. It's just 1000 different subjects. I leaf through it with a glass of wine and just let my imagination wander. It's more of a "hey, I never thought of that before" kind of book.
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A lot of it is fluff/filler.

I counted the music theory-related songwriting ideas, and there are a total of 82 ideas. The other 918 ideas are "contemporary" ideas such as "What's the song that would go best with a ten-gallon hat?" and "Write a song about angels."

Ok, well... no.

I'm from the alternative school of thought, when it comes to songwriting. I grew up on the Smiths, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Dinosaur Jr., Pumpkins, etc (the 90s). Music with edge, with soul, with staying power (like certain stuff from the 60s and 70s-- Beatles, Nick Drake, and Sabbath).

What I dislike most are books from Nashville/contemporary songwriters, who write top 40 "hits" for pop artists (most of which go unheard for the most part).

I have nothing against Ms. Aschmann as a songwriter (I've never heard her music) but the ideas are just... fluffy. That's the best way I can describe it. Don't get me wrong, there ARE gems to be found inside this book, but they are few and far-between.

A lot of these ideas are lyric or story-related. I think Rikky Rooksby's book "Lyrics" is a better option if you're stuck for lyric or story ideas.

Oh, here's another problem I have with this book - a lot of her ideas aren't clearly explained. In one idea, she talks about a guitar tuning called "Taro Patch." I had to look it up on google and wikipedia to find out that it's simply an open-G tuning. Also, a lot of the songs she cites, I have never heard them, ever. Cheesy titles that seem like they're in the public domain, musically. I listen to A LOT of different music, from 40's jazz to metal and everything in between, and I just couldn't even bother to look up the songs she mentioned or what they sounded like.
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