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1. Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure

Veteran songwriter Pat Pattison has taught many of Berklee College of Music's best and brightest students how to write truly great lyrics. Her helpful guide contains essential... more info
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Tools and Techniques for Writing Better Lyrics. Berklee Guide. Instructional methods from Berklee College of Music. With Softcover. 9x12 inches. 112 pages. Published by Berklee Press. (HL.50481582)

2. Melody in Songwriting

Melody is a subject too often neglected in the teaching of music. This unique resource gives melody that attention it deserves, and proves that melody writing is a skill that... more info
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Tools and Techniques for Writing Hit Songs. Berklee Guide. Instructional methods from Berklee College of Music. With Softcover. 9x12 inches. 182 pages. Published by Berklee Press. (HL.50449419)

3. The Craft and Business of Songwriting - Third Edition

In this comprehensive guide, music industry consultant John Braheny teaches you the craft of songwriting and then goes behind the scenes of the music business to unearth insider... more info
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A Practical Guide to Creating and Marketing Artistically and Commercially Successful Songs. General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 8.5x11 inches. 400 pages. Published by Writer's Digest Books. (HL.00331750)

4. The Everything Music Composition Book

This book is an all-in-one guide for people who want to compose their own musical arrangements. You will learn to tap into your creativity while integrating melody, harmony,... more info
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A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Music. General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover with CD. 8x9.25 inches. 292 pages. Published by Adams Media Corporation. (HL.00333000)

5. Successful Lyric Writing

Davis follows up her best-selling book, The Craft Of Lyric Writing, with this hands-on companion course in writing professional lyrics. 292 pages. 8-1/2 x 11. more info
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General Book (not sheet music). 8.5x11 inches. 292 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00330140)

6. Bruce Springsteen - Songwriting Secrets

Bruce Springsteen is one of today's great songwriters, with a style that is all his own. This book uses his work as the starting point for a master class in the art of writing... more info
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General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 8.5x11 inches. 128 pages. Published by Backbeat Books. (HL.00331278)

7. How to Write a Hit Song

Covering all the essentials of craft and marketing for launching and sustaining a long, successful writing career, this cutting-edge revision contains an exclusive interview... more info
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Fifth Revised and Updated Edition. General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 6x9 inches. 114 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00332368)

8. The Songwriter's Workshop: Harmony

Learn the fundamental techniques behind today's hit songs, with easy-to-follow exercises so you can immediately apply these tools to your own songs. Quit wrestling with writer's... more info
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Berklee Book Trade. With Softcover with CD. 9x12 inches. 205 pages. Published by Berklee Press. (HL.50449519)

9. Melody - How to Write Great Tunes

Melody is the true heart of music, often inspired by nothing more than the songwriter's muse. Yet melody can be learned. This book teaches the art of melody and how to write... more info
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General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover with CD. 8.5x11 inches. 216 pages. Published by Backbeat Books. (HL.00331250)

10. 2007 Song Writer's Market

For 30 years, this book has provided the must-have info songwriters need to get their songs heard and signed. No matter the genre, this is the reference beginners to pros... more info
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Where & How to Market Your Songs. General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 7x9 inches. 425 pages. Published by Writer's Digest Books. (HL.00331499)

11. Teach Yourself Songwriting - Book & CD

Alfred has expanded its Teach Yourself series with the new Teach Yourself Songwriting book and CD. Designed for songwriters of all levels, Teach Yourself Songwriting provides... more info
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Everything You Need to Know to Start Writing Songs Now!. Instructional Book and Examples CD. with Instructional Text, Black & White Photos, Musical Examples and Lyrical Examples. Voicing/Format: Book and CD. 9x12 inches. 95 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (AL.00-22857)

12. The Songs of John Lennon

An essential guide for all songwriters and Beatles fans, this book explores John Lennon's songwriting genius with a guided tour through 25 of his Beatles-era hits. Author... more info
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The Beatles Years. Berklee Book Trade. With Softcover. 6x9 inches. 300 pages. Published by Berklee Press Publications. (HL.50449504)

13. Songwriting

An excellent and essential primer for the aspiring tunesmith, Songwriting: The Words, the Music & Money offers authoritative tips on everything from basic song forms to the... more info
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The Words, the Music & the Money. General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover with CD. 9x12 inches. 152 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00330513)

14. Rock Troubadours

Listen in as ten of today's great rock troubadours share the deeply personal process of nurturing a spark of inspiration into a fully realized piece of music. In these rare... more info
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Conversations on the Art and Craft of Songwriting. String Letter Publishing. Instruction & reference material from String Letter Publishing. With Softcover. 6x9 inches. 128 pages. Published by String Letter Publishing. (HL.00330752)

15. Arranging and Composing - Book (Revised)

This professional manual lets you share the secrets of David Baker's success. Baker explains his practical working techniques for piano trio, jazz quartet, four- and five-part... more info
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Textbook - General. 9x12 inches. Published by Alfred Publishing. (AL.00-2750)

16. How to Be a Hit Songwriter

You've written what you think is a great melody, what you hope is a strong lyric, and you've cut what sounds to you like a killer track. But how do you know if it's a hit?... more info
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Polishing and Marketing Your Lyrics and Music. General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 6x9 inches. 192 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00330994)

17. Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming

This book has a very specific purpose: to help songwriters find better rhymes and use them more effectively. Rhyme is one of the most crucial areas of lyrics writing, and... more info
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A Step-by-Step Guide to Better Rhyming and Lyrics. Berklee Book Trade. With Softcover. 8.5x11 inches. 80 pages. Published by Berklee Press. (HL.50481583)

18. The Songwriter's Workshop: Melody

Spark your imagination with hundreds of creative songwriting techniques! This hands-on guide provides lessons on how to write innovative songs, based on popular songwriting... more info
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Berklee Book Trade. With Softcover with CD. 9x12 inches. 154 pages. Published by Berklee Press. (HL.50449518)

19. How to Write Songs on Keyboards

This book helps both keyboard and guitar players to find and develop interesting chords and chord sequences on a keyboard, and then use them to write their own songs. Rather... more info
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A Complete Course to Help You Write Better Songs. General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover with CD. 8.5x11 inches. 256 pages. Published by Backbeat Books. (HL.00331345)

20. The Orchestration Handbook

The Orchestration Handbook is an at-a-glance guide to the key elements in a musical score. Students and instructors alike will find this handbook indispensable for its clear,... more info
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The Essential Guide to Every Instrument in the Orchestra. Reference. Reference book. 4.5x12 inches. 72 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00330525)

21. The Complete Singer-Songwriter

Of all the paths available to today's musicians, the life of the singer-songwriter remains one of the most alluring and popular. This handbook is the ultimate guide for the... more info
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A Troubadour's Guide to Writing, Performing, Recording & Business. General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 6x9.25 inches. 202 pages. Published by Backbeat Books. (HL.00331092)

22. Art of Writing Music, the - Softcover

John Cacavas has written an extensive book on the techniques of composing, orchestrating and arranging. Includes chapters on each section of the band and orchestra, voicing... more info
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Textbook - General. 9x12 inches. 196 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (AL.00-4163)

23. A Composer's Insight, Volume 1

A Composer's Insight, Volume 1 - with a foreword by Michael Colgrass - is the first in a five-volume series on major contemporary composers and their works for wind band.... more info
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Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band. Meredith Music Resourse. With Softcover. 8.5x11 inches. 164 pages. Published by Meredith Music. (HL.00317131)

24. The Everything Songwriting Book

Ever heard a song on the radio and thought you could write a better one? Now's your chance! The Everything Songwriting Book provides you with all the tools you need to create,... more info
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All You Need to Create and Market Hit Songs. General Book (not sheet music). 8x9.25 inches. 292 pages. Published by Adams Media Corporation. (HL.00331190)
 
 
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