Songwriting for Dummies�

ISBN-10: 0764554042

ISBN-13: 9780764554049

Edition: 2002

Authors: Jim Peterik, Dave Austin, Mary Ellen Bickford, Kenny Loggins

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A step-by-step guide to songwriting, Jim Peterik's volume takes you through writing lyrics and creating music electronically to the difficulties of finding a publisher and getting the piece published. Learn how to use rhyme and rythm in all kinds of music, from blues to rock to commercial jingles.
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List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/5/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins has sold over 25 million albums worldwide, twelve have gone platinum. He has won two Grammy Awards for his singing and songwriting, and co-wrote the book, The Unimaginable Life, Lessons Learned on the Path of Love . His songs have been hits over the last four decades. Who can forget This Is It, I'm Alright, Footloose, Danger Zone, Conviction of the Heart and It's About Time. In addition to his string of successful recordings, both solo and as a member of the famed duo, Loggins and Messina, Kenny became the first major rock star to dedicate himself to recording music for children and families. His album, Return to Pooh Corner , remains the best-selling children's album of the last 20 years, Kenny, who reunited with Jim Messina in 2009, currently resides in Santa Barbara with his youngest children.

About This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
So You Want to Write a Song
Everything You Need to Write a Song
Understanding Why People Write Songs
Finding the Songwriter in You
Being aware of your personal connection to songs
Taking a look at your instincts
Starting at the Beginning--Before You Write a Song
Is formal music training a must?
Being prepared when inspiration strikes
Finding inspiration within yourself
Creating the mood
Ready, Set--Begin
Coming Up with That Solid-Gold Idea
Paying Attention: Stop, Look, and Listen
Coming up with concepts for songs
Listening for lyrics
Making up music
Recording and Organizing Your Ideas
Using a cassette recorder
Jotting down ideas in a notebook
Practice Makes Perfect
Getting Your Song Into Shape: Song Forms
Talking the Talk
Dealing with Verses
The AAA or the verse form
The two-verse form or AA form
The AABA Form
Learning about the AABA form
The extended AABA form
The Verse-Chorus Form or ABAB Form
The verse-chorus form using a pre-chorus or the ABC form
The verse-chorus form using a bridge or ABABC form
The verse-chorus form using both a pre-chorus and a bridge or ABCABCD form
Practice Makes Perfect
Unleashing the Lyricist in You
Snagging Your Listeners with a Hook
Stocking Your Tackle Box with Hooks
The melodic hook
The lyrical hook
The musical hook
The rhythmic hook
The sound-effect hook
The use of different types of hooks in one song
Having the Right Mindset When Working with Hooks
Practice Makes Perfect
Getting Acquainted with the Different Kinds of Lyrics
Looking at Lyric Types
Concept-driven lyrics
Lyrics that tell a story
Love lyrics
Lyrics that draw on current events and social protest
Novelty and humorous lyrics
Parody lyrics
Inspirational lyrics
Practice Makes Perfect
Creating Lyrics
Creating a Lyric
Starting with a title
Starting with an idea or concept
Telling a story
Using a melody that suggests a lyric
Finding the Format for Your Lyrics
Verse lyrics
Pre-chorus lyrics
Chorus lyrics
Bridge lyrics
Moving Beyond Format to Sound
Paying attention to the rhythm of the words
Paying attention to the sounds of words within a lyric
Noticing a lyric's point of view
Getting some perspective
Tuning in to the lyric's tone and style
Using Poetic Devices in Lyrics
Using repetition
Examining poetic devices
Practice Makes Perfect
Using Rhymes in Your Songs
Identifying the Types of Rhymes
Looking at Rhyming Patterns
Understanding external rhymes
Using internal rhyme
Using Other Rhyming Techniques in Your Song
Using perfect rhymes
Using near rhymes
Working backwards with rhyme
Changing pronunciations to help rhyme
Rhyming across verses
To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme?
Looking at songs with little rhyme
Practice Makes Perfect
Creating the Music
Using Rhythm in Songwriting
Looking at the Rhythm of Words
Accented and unaccented syllables
Syllable length
Looking at the Meter of Music
Placing beats in a bar
Applying notes to common time
Putting Rhythm and Meter to Use in Your Songs
Songwriting with Syncopation
Getting Your Groove On
Practice Makes Perfect
Making Use of Melody in Songwriting
Exploring the Basics of Melodies in Music
Knowing the power and emotion of a melody
Understanding the basics of a melody
Finding your melody
Making a Song More Memorable
Finding a melody that fits the mood
Finding a melody to fit the genre
Finding the right melody for each section of the song
Practice Makes Perfect
Using Chords in Songwriting
Using Chords to Write Songs
Getting started with chords
Moving forward with chords
Choosing Your Style of Chordal Instruments
Picking at the guitar
Pecking at the keyboard
Practice Makes Perfect
Writing Songs in Different Styles
From Country to Rock and Everything in Between: The Genres
Creating Your Own Style: Singer/Songwriter
Playing It Cool: Rock 'n' roll
Old-fashioned rock 'n' roll
Adult Contemporary
Hard rock
Checking into the Limelight: Pop
Contemporary pop
Dance pop
Singing It Plain and Simple: Country
Traditional country
Pop country or new country
Getting Your Groove On: R&B, Urban, Hip-Hop, and Rap
Rhythm and blues--R&B
Hip-Hop and rap
Going to a Higher Level: Christian
Getting Spiritual: Gospel
Songwriting for the Soul: Blues and Folk
Practice Makes Perfect
Writing for Stage, Screen, and Television
Songwriting for Film
Understanding the role of the music supervisor
Getting to the music supervisors
Understanding the creative side of songwriting for films
Songwriting for Television
Knowing the kinds of songs used for television
Recognizing the exposure value of television
Getting to television music supervisors
Songwriting for Commercials
Writing jingles from scratch
Getting your songs in commercials
Songwriting for Musicals
Submitting your songs for musicals
Understanding the creative side of songwriting for musicals
Practice Makes Perfect
Getting Down to Business
Introducing the Business Players
Putting Together Your Business Team
First Things First: Getting an Attorney on Your Side
Discovering what a good music attorney can do for you
Hiring a music attorney
Looking at Your Publishing Options
Co-publishing deals
Being your own publisher
Working with administration deals
Dealing with foreign sub-publishing
Using an Independent Song Plugger
Putting a song plugger to work
Deciding on using a song plugger
Using a Manager or an Agent
Do I need a manager?
Do I need an agent?
You're in the Money: Hiring an Accountant or a Business Manager
Knowing what a good music accountant or business manager can do for you
Employing a music accountant or business manager
Looking at the Legal End: Dealing with Paper Work
Legal Deals: Creating Win-Win Contracts
Understanding different kinds of contracts
Knowing when to put the pen to the paper
Protecting Your Songs with Copyrights
Rounding up the right forms
Filling out Application Form PA
Using the copyright notice
Filling in the Blanks and Being Organized
Using a prospects-and-contacts form
Creating a song-history tracking sheet
Keeping track of your copyright registrations
Bringing Talent Together: Songwriting Collaboration
Finding Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Seeking the Chemistry of Collaborative Songwriting
Finding strength in numbers: How many geniuses does it take to write a hit?
Collaborating with a band or an artist
Collaborating with a script
Collaborating with yourself
Dividing Up the Credits
The Nashville method
The honor system
The Spinal Tap system
Looking at Famous Collaborations
John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Bernie Taupin and Elton John
Creating Goals and Meeting Deadlines
Creating Goals
Getting set to write for the first time
Venturing out with your songs
Setting goals as a pro
Meeting Deadlines
Getting Your Songs Heard: Making the Demo
Paying Attention to Details
Picking your format
Choosing the number and length of songs
Keeping it simple
Picking the Players
Deciding whether to use musicians or machines
Deciding who is going to sing
Making an Arrangement
Creating a chart
Using an arranger
Recording the Demo
Deciding where to record
Paying for the demo
Packaging the Demo
Including contact information
Requesting permission to send a demo
Making a lyric sheet
Putting the Demo in the Mail
Getting your demo to the right people
Following up
Pennies from Heaven: How Your Song Makes Money
Forecasting Financials
Sources of income
Splittin' up the pie
Joining a Performing Rights Organization
Knowing What Happens When Your Songs Hit the Shelves
Using Your Songs to Sell Products
Making Money in the Movies
Figuring out how much money to expect
Networking for Songwriters
Hanging Out at Writers' Nights
Joining Songwriting Organizations
National Songwriters Association International
Songwriters Guild of America
Songwriters Guild Foundation
Playing Internet Roulette
Creating your own Web site
Taking advantage of other people's sites
Locating resource, advice, and information sites
Attending Seminars, Workshops, Conferences, and Symposiums
The Part of Tens
Ten Songwriters You Should Know
Irving Berlin (1888-1989)
Cole Porter (1891-1964)
Bob Dylan (1941-)
Paul Simon (1941-)
Brian Wilson (1942-)
Joni Mitchell (1943-)
Jimmy Webb (1946-)
Billy Joel (1949-)
Sting (1951-)
Diane Warren (1956-)
Ten Songwriting Teams You Should Know
George and Ira Gershwin
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, and Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Burt Bacharach and Hal David
John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Ten Songs You Should Know
"Amazing Grace"
"Over the Rainbow"
"White Christmas"
"You've Lost That Loving Feeling"
"God Only Knows"
"The Wind Beneath My Wings"
"This Is It"
"Heart of the Matter"
Contracts: Where to Find Them and What to Look For
Online Resources
Eleven Common Song-related Contracts
Resources and Contacts
Songwriting Resources and Internet Links
Songwriting Magazines
Books Used As Songwriting Tools
Reference Resources for the Business and Craft of Songwriting
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