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The Singer and The Songwriter: Handbook and Workbook - An Idea Book for Songwriters who Like to Sing and for Singers who Like to Write Songs (Christine Dente's) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 23, 2016
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This is a practical workbook for wannabe songwriters. It helps you take the ideas you have, expand them and give them flavor. Christine Dente, a very successful singer/songwriter, unfolds multiple ways to tap into your creativity and let it fly. She explains how to stretch your words into something you like, how to make unique sounds musically, how to save the smallest ideas and bring them together, and even how to work with a partner in music.
Three quarters of the book offers tips on songwriting (and writing in general) while the last 25% of the book helps you develop vocal skills.
Some of the lingo may be unfamiliar to beginners, but you'll expand your vocabulary!
I think that this book will be a useful tool to people of all ages.
I received a copy of this product in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any other compensation. All opinions expressed in this review are mine. I am posting this notice in accordance with FTC regulations.
For a more immersive experience, as you get to each page with lyrics from one of Out of the Grey’s original songs—after you’ve read through the lyrics—listen to it on YouTube.com or download the song from your favorite source. While doing so, you could even color the pen-and-ink illustrations by Anastasia Fitas and Sarah Janisse Brown.
Two things could improve this book. The first is to make it spiral bound so it will stay open. (My local office supply company did this for my copy, for $5.) The second is to include more of the staff paper (as shown on page 69) between chapters and to increase the size of the staves, for ease of use.
I have served as a guinea pig for many of the methods in this workbook, having applied them in our vocal coaching sessions since 2012. Christine’s creative techniques have significantly increased my output and have boosted the quality of my songwriting. I look forward to seeing how my own music students blossom while using The Singer and The Songwriter.
In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this product and I did not receive any other compensation. All opinions expressed in this review are mine.
You can clearly see Christine's artist heart coming through, sharing things she has done to draw the music out. With clever drawings and coaching ideas, her book brims with creativity, asking you to join her in the creative process needed for songwriting.
I am so thankful that she is willing and eager to share her process with those of us who otherwise would not have taken the next step. And I am excited to see what songs I am able to write from following her lead in this book!
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I studied voice under Christine for three years, as well as being coached in songwriting.Read more