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The Everything Songwriting Book电子书

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作       者:Watson, C· J·

出  版  社:Adams Media

出版时间:2003-09-01

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Simple techniques for creating catchy lyrics and memorable melodies!Nearly everyone can hum the melody or remember the words to a hit song. Clever word play, catchy melodies, and thoughtful imagery can create an impression that lasts long after a song has ended.The Everything Songwriting Book provides amateurs and seasoned professionals alike all they need to create, perform, and sell hit songs. Learn how to develop an idea, formulate a rhyme scheme, incorporate unique phrasing, and follow through to the final note. Professional songwriter and consultant C.J. Watson packs this book with clever tips and tricks for overcoming writer's block, creating a "hook," and recording and selling a song to a recording company or performer.This user-friendly guide also shows how to:Tap into the common elements of hit songsIncorporate instruments into songwritingUnderstand music theorySpot songwriting trends and write for a specific marketProduce a songKnow essential copyright law and other legal basicsGet compositions into the right hands Complete with expert advice and practical pointers, The Everything Songwriting Book is sure to guide and inspire burgeoning songwriters at any level.
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Cover

Title Page

Dedication

Copyright

Contents

Acknowledgments

Top Ten Characteristics of a Great Song

Introduction

1 - History of Songwriting

Origins of Music

Ancient Music

Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Baroque Music

Classical and Romantic Music

The Birth of American Music

Expansion of Music Media

The Hit Parade Era

Songwriting Empires

2 - Getting Started

The Most Important Points

The Songwriter’s Toolbox

A Good Writing Environment

Where Do I Begin?

Realistic Expectations

When Is a Song Finished?

3 - Thinking Like a Songwriter

Where Good Ideas Come From

Write What You Know

Developing Your Idea

Getting the Story Across

Painting a Picture

Making a Movie

Dealing with Writer’s Block

4 - Elements of a Lyric

Different Lyrical Styles

Targeting Your Market

Writing Rhymes

Pay Attention to Meter

Prosody, Alliteration, and Clichés

Visual Writing

Finishing Touches

5 - Elements of a Melody

Melodic Styles

Writing Effective Melodies

Prosody, the Sequel

Melodic Range

Looking for Memorable Melodies

Keeping Up with Current Trends

Getting Out of a Rut

What If I Can’t Sing?

6 - Parts of Song

The Sum of All Parts

First Up, the Intro

Writing the Verses

What about the Hook?

The Chorus Section

Lift, Channel, or Ramp

Adding the Bridge

Instrumental Passages

Getting to the Finish Line

7 - Song Structure

Chorus and Refrain

The AAA Song

The AABA Song

The ABABCB Song

“ABACAB” and Other Oddities

Points of Notation

Modified Structures

8 - Troubleshooting Solutions

Interpretation Dependency

Clarity Issues

Cute or Trite? Sweet or Sappy?

Meter Adjustments

Melodic Difficulties

Too Much Range

Necessary Sacrifices

9 - Playing an Instrument

The Benefits

What If I Have No Talent?

Choosing Your Instrument

Using the Computer

Buying an Instrument

Learning How to Play

How Good Is Good Enough?

10 - A Crash Course in Music Theory

What Do You Really Need to Know?

Where Can I Learn Theory?

Music Charts

The Nashville Number System

Charting with the Nashville Number System

The Rest of the Theory

Theory as a Troubleshooting Tool

11 - Entering the Big Leagues

Making a Commitment

Getting Organized

Scheduling Time

Support and Feedback

Going Public

The Importance of Having a Life

12 - Writing for the Commercial Market

Viable Formats

Keeping Up with the Competition

Good Songs, Great Songs, Hit Songs

Depth Cuts

Writing for Yourself or Your Band

Writing Songs for Others

13 - Recording Your Songs

Demo Options

Home Recording

The Players

Choosing a Singer

Mixing a Song Demo

The Last Step

14 - Arranging/Producing

The Producer’s Role

How a Song “Feels”

Genre and Style

Choosing a Tempo

Instrumentation

Sonic Impact

Key Changes

Solos and Instrumental Passages

15 - Writing as a Team

Great Teams

The Joys of Co-Writing

Finding Co-Writers

Compatibility

Setting Ground Rules

Different Types of Writers

Carrying Your Weight

16 - Getting Heard

Find a Music Hub

The Decision-Makers

Pitching Your Songs

Hire a Plugger

Forwarding Services

Web Presence

Single Songs and Spec Pitches

Beware of the Sharks!

A Word about Contests

17 - Legal Basics

Copyright Laws

Exceptions to the Rule

Copyright Infringement

International Copyright Law

Single-Song Contracts

Staff-Writer Contracts

Before You Sign Anything

18 - Getting Paid

Performing Rights Organizations

Registering Your Work

Performance Royalties

Synch Rights

Mechanical Royalties

DART Money

In the Future

19 - Moving to a Music Hub

Planning Ahead

Digging In

Spend Some Time Networking

Writer’s Nights

Being Proactive

Setting Goals

Keeping the Faith

20 - Careers in Songwriting

Staff Writing

Film Scoring and Movie Music

Television Music

Commercial Jingles

Children’s Music

Religious Music

Classical and Jazz Composers

Being Your Own Publisher

Going Big, the Three-Year Plan

Appendix A - Songwriter’s FAQ

Appendix B - Seeking Professional Help

Appendix C - Glossary

Index

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