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Songwriter's Handbook

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ISBN-10: 1558538607

ISBN-13: 9781558538603

Edition: 2001

Authors: Tom T. Hall

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Book details

List price: $14.98
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Nelson Incorporated, Thomas
Publication date: 2/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 164
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
What Is a Song?
Are Song Writers Born?
Rules and Tools
A Line Should Stand Alone
Avoid Connecting Words If You Can
Keep It Short
Think Positive
The Title Is the Point
Avoid Too Much Realism
Use Good Taste
Don't Have a Singer on Your Mind
Keep Current
Hang-ups
Cities and Countries
Honest Feelings
Fact and Fantasy
Excuses, Excuses
The Time, the Place, the Attitude
Find (or Make) a Place
Equipment You'll Need
Finding Time to Write
When to Write ... and When Not to Write
Rainy Days for Writers
Getting Ideas
There's a Song Everywhere
Ways of Writing
Dear ...
Think of a Word
Collecting Ideas
From Cars to People
Using Headlines
And TV Too
See Two, See Them All
Keep in Touch
Borrow
Rhyme
Kinds of Rhyme Patterns
To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme
Be Consistent
Time to Rhyme
Meter
Music for the Words
Melody-building
Keep the Tune Simple
Start with Parodies
Doctoring a Melody
Don't Let It Scare You
Finding a Collaborator
Paying for Help
Revising Your Song
Communicating
Pick Out the Melody
Hum It to Someone
Don't Be Too Ambitious
It's the Song That Counts
Selecting Colleagues
Song Sharks
Protecting Yourself
Writing Funny Songs
Dealing with Publishers
The "Front Desk"
Your Song Is Heard
The Song Is Placed
Getting a Lead Sheet
What Next?
The Demo Session
Pitching the Song
Keep the Faith
Keep Writing
How You Get Paid
Getting an Accounting
Performance Fees
Mechanicals
Live and Television Performances
Videos
A Few More Do's and Don'ts
Be Yourself
It's All Been Said
Bitterness Is Bad
We Have Met the Enemy
No Open Sesames
Don't Sell Your Songs
Song Blindness
"Spooks"
Vanity Records
What Is Nashville?
The Key Is Work
Now You're Part of a Team
Analyzing Some of the Songs I've Written
How I Wrote "I See"
"I Flew Over Our House Last Night"
"More about John Henry"
"Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine"
"Ravishing Ruby"
"Don't Forget the Coffee, Billy Joe"
How I Wrote "I Love"
More Song Lyrics
What Some Great Songwriters Say
A Parting Shot
Discography
Index