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"I count myself lucky and proud to have studied with Mr. Pattison. I would not be the writer I am today without his teaching and his unique and comprehensive understanding of language, rhyme, rhythm, and structure."
- 3-time Grammy winner Gillian Welch

"Pat Pattison does the impossible.  He takes the mystery out of songwriting without taking the heart out of it." 
- David Wilcox

"I took a class with a great teacher named Pat Pattison... I learned a lot in that class...and I still read that book, 
Writing Better Lyrics. I think it's great."
-7-time Grammy winner John Mayer


"Last year, I read a book called “Writing Better Lyrics” by Pat Pattison that completely reshaped the way I look at songwriting. Just as an athlete prepares for a game with a proper warm-up, I’ve learned to start my day with writing. I picked up a black Moleskine notebook and began writing freely without worrying about meter or rhyme scheme as a way to reflect on my thoughts or my day. Not only has this practice allowed me to get the creative juices flowing each morning, but I now have a notebook full of memories to look back on…"
- Madison Kozak
 
"It's a great book for new songwriters, to whom some of this advice will be revolutionary, and it's great for experienced writers who want to understand songwriting on a theoretical level."  
—Liam Duncan, musicindustryhowto.com

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 BerkleeÕs 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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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Writer's Digest Books; Second edition (January 8, 2010)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1582975779
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1582975771
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.49 x 0.79 x 8.4 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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Pat Pattison is a Professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches Lyric Writing and Poetry.

In addition to his three books, Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming, Pat has developed three online lyric writing courses, available through Berklee's Online School. He has written over 30 articles for Home & Studio Recording Magazine, and Performing Songwriter.

Pat continues to present songwriting clinics across the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Several of his students have won Grammys, including John Mayer and Gillian Welch.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure knowledge - Highly recommended!
By Eyahoo on January 12, 2021
During the year I checked a lot of songwriting books and none of them compared to those of Pat Pattinson. In he’s books You getting pure knowledge and not all that couching and general empty creative advises. With the help of the exercises I’m making huge strides towards independent writing. The book gives you a course that is not easy but definitely satisfying.
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This book is a must read for anyone that is currently writing or planing to write song lyrics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring book which gets my seal of approval
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on Technique with Nice Anecdotes Too
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