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Writing Better Lyrics, 2nd Edition - Pat Pattison

Writing Better Lyrics, 2nd Edition

Paperback Published: 8th January 2010
ISBN: 9781582975771
Number Of Pages: 298

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With additional song evaluations and exercises to help songwriters hone their lyric-writing skills, Writing Better Lyrics, 2nd Edition is more comprehensive than ever before. The book features new and expanded chapters covering such topics as: when the use of repetition can be an asset; how to successfully manipulate meter; how to work with a co-writer; how to build on ideas and generate effective titles; and, much, much more.

Author Biography: Pat Pattison is a professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches lyric writing and poetry. His books Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming are considered definitive in their genre. His former students include Grammy winners John Mayer, Gillian Welch, and Rob Hotchkiss (Train).

Great book! My head hurts from how much stuff I've learnt


Bought it as a text for an online course on song writing. I've learnt so much from it. Really well put together!



Writing Better Lyrics, 2nd Edition

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Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Object Writing: The Art of the Diverp. 3
Rusty's Collar: A Lesson in Showing and Tellingp. 19
Making Metaphorsp. 23
Learning to Say No: Building Worksheetsp. 33
Clich├ęs: The Sleeping Puppy (A Case Study)p. 47
Productive Repetitionp. 55
Verse Development and Power Positionsp. 82
Travelogues: Verse Continuityp. 93
Stripping Your Repetition for Repaintingp. 101
Perspectivesp. 111
Point of View: Second Person and the Hangmanp. 128
Point of View: Second Person as Narrativep. 132
Dialogue and Point of Viewp. 139
Meter: Something in Commonp. 147
Spotlighting With Common Meterp. 153
Meter: Two by Twop. 161
Managing Coupletsp. 168
Prosody: Structure as Film Scorep. 177
Understanding Motionp. 189
Form Follows Function: Building the Perfect Beastp. 229
The Great Balancing Act: Courting Danger on the High Wirep. 239
Song Forms: (Im) Potent Packagesp. 250
Song Forms: (Im) Potent Packages IIp. 257
Processp. 262
Appendix: Co-Writing: The "No"-Free Zonep. 289
Permissionsp. 292
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9781582975771
ISBN-10: 1582975779
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 8th January 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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