- Series: Craft & Business of Songwriting
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Third edition (September 26, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582974667
- ISBN-13: 978-1582974668
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
My review for this book is functionally the same as my review for another book "6 steps to Songwriting Success" by Jason Blume.
Essentially both books try to do the same thing, but in my opinion this one does a better job, and that's the reason I gave it 4 stars and gave the other 3 stars. If you're evaluating the two books and have cash for only one, go for this one instead.
In this wonderful manual, Braheney goes over nearly every piece of putting together a hit song and getting it on the radio. He discusses some about actually writing the song the best way, but this isn't a how-to manual for writing songs. It's about writing songs that will get played on the radio. The are better books on pure songwriting. The real value of this book is showing you what an A & R person is looking for. The business part of the book is invaluable. He explains exactly what you should do and who you should know to move your song to production. It's nearly a step by step guide that has worked for many other people. It's great!
I recommend this book to any songwriter. It was recommended to me by very successful people in the business, and it is a great resource for anyone that likes to write.
Along with songwriting itself, you'll be learning about how profit is split, and how the music business works in general/things to consider in order to be successful.
I just received the book last night and have read about 1/4 of it. It's great so far, lot's of insight and information. After reading some of Mr. Braheny's info on his web site [...] I couldn't wait to get his book. It's more than I expected, including actual music theory but as it relates to hit songs, not just raw theory. Cool!
I'll write more after reading the entire book, but this is the best thing I've done for myself regarding song writing.
BTW, I also got Pat Pattison's book on lyric writing and barely looked at it - I don't think I'll care for it if I ever get around to reading it. I used to read Pattison's column in Home & Studio Recording mag, although I didn't recall it at the time I purchased his book, and I never cared for his column back then (in the '80s and '90s) either. Braheny's book is MUCH better - no comparison really.