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Writing Better Lyrics, 2nd Edition - Pat Pattison

Writing Better Lyrics, 2nd Edition


Published: 8th January 2010
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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).



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


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  • Easy To Read
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    Comments about Writing Better Lyrics, 2nd Edition:

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

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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: 304
    Published: 8th January 2010
    Publisher: F&W Publications Inc
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 14.0  x 2.0
    Weight (kg): 0.36
    Edition Number: 2
    Edition Type: Revised