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The Songwriting Sourcebook: How to Turn Chords Into Great Songs Paperback – October 1, 2003
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This book uses I, IV, V chord type of notation, with the note (like G, F, etc.) written underneath it. I use keyboard and not guitar so the basic chords were fine but some of the notation was a bit more geared for guitar (I think guitar tends to use G where as keyboard is oriented at middle C). Possibly it would have been clearer if they'd had a version of the book geared specifically for keyboard.
But none-the-less, this book has been a godsend. I'd been looking for a book like this for a long time, one that explicitly shows you the techniques that popular music has been using for years, techniques that someone like me, who does not come from a musical background, can try out and run with.
Again, if you have questions like, what is harmony, what is a relative minor/major, you may want to find out the basics first, but once you know a tiny bit about chords, this book could very well give you a new "aha!" every time you study from it.
This book won't teach you how to write a song. It wasn't designed to do that. It will, however, teach you to put together a song in a way which will be appealing to the ear. I've written songs for a long time with little success. The things I learned in this book immediately made me a better songwriter. I recommend it to anyone who is struggling to put together a song.
He'll give you a step by step guide.