- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Edition Unstated edition (January 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599632977
- ISBN-13: 978-1599632971
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Songwriting Without Boundaries: Lyric Writing Exercises for Finding Your Voice Paperback – October 1, 2012
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About the Author
Pat Pattison is a professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches lyric writing and poetry. His books include Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming. In addition, Pat has developed three online lyric writing courses for Berklee’s online school, and has written articles for a variety of industry publications. His internationally successful students include multiple Grammy winners John Mayer and Gillian Welch. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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I think readers have to know what this book covers, and what it does not cover.
The book trains to generate sense-bound stories, find metaphors, rhythm and rhyme. The book DOES NOT tell you how a song should be structured (in terms of verses, chorus, bridge etc.), and how a storyline of a song can be built. If you are interesed in these aspects - you have to look for some other book.
My comments, therefore, have entirely to do with how this book could be made more user-friendly.
First, I'd pay a lot more for it if it was workbook-style. The print needs to be a lot bigger to make it easier on the eye, and having some space to do the exercises directly in the book would be a huge plus.
Second, to accommodate the above ideas, it needs to be a LOT larger format, as well as spiral-bound so that it can lay flat. As it is, it's a small, thick book with very tiny typeface that doesn't want to stay open. All of those factors make it VERY hard to use in practical terms. You'd have to be really committed to be willing to struggle to see the print, hold open the book, and do the exercises on some other paper where they can't be kept with the section of the book you're working on.
These simple changes, which wouldn't alter the content at all, would make this book many times more user-friendly.