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A Message From Gary Ewer…
The Desire to be Creative – It’s Human… It’s You
Chapter 1- Introduction to Writing Music
What’s Good Music?
What Makes Good Form?
What Makes a Good Melody?
What Makes Good Harmony?
What Makes a Good Lyric?
What Makes a Good Hook?
Is There a Composer in Me?
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
What Do You Need to be a Songwriter?
Make a Demo Recording – Yes, already!
Chapter 1 SUMMARY
Chapter 2- Your Music From the Inside
Learn From the Greats
The Success of Great Writers
How Important is Form?
Good Form Means Good Design
Good Form Can’t be Accidental
Song Components Defined
Getting to Know Your Song
Chapter 2 SUMMARY
Chapter 3- Designing a Song
The Blueprint
The Contrast Principle of Composition
Macro Forms
Energy – the Forgotten Formal Element
Micro Forms
Micro Versus Macro
Chord Progressions – A Mystery No Longer
I. Chord Basics
The Basic Triads of Any Major Key
II. How One Chord Moves to Another Chord
The V-I Progression
Why Some Progressions Work and Others Don’t
Making Good Two-Chord Progressions
When Progressions Sound Muddled
What About Minor Keys?
III. Integrating Balance When Building a Longer Progression
Building Progressions
Incorporating Balance
IV. Expanding Your Chord Vocabulary
II. Modal Mixtures
III. Secondary Dominant Chords
IV. Suspensions
v. Inversions
Key Changes
Don’t Go Changin’… Without a Reason
I. Half-step-upward modulation
II. Miscellaneous Modulation (more than a whole
Chapter 4 SUMMARY
Chapter 5-Melody and Lyric
Melodic Energy
How “Yesterday” Works
Don’t Write Counterintuitively
What is Falsetto and Tessitura?
Writing Good Melodies
Getting Notes in the Right Place
Verse-Chorus Text Design
Song Sample
Shaping a Melody
Creating a Melody by Layering Ideas
Let’s Write a Song
Other Ways to Compose
The Text-First Method
The Rhythm/Beat-First Method
More About Lyrics
Too Many Words
A Good Lyric Isn’t Necessarily Deep
Balancing Lyrics and Melody
The Balance of “Hotel California”
Dealing with Unremarkable Lyrics
The Bridge
Chapter 5 SUMMARY
Chapter 6- The Hook
A Good Hook
Hook and Motif
Musical Lubricant
The Hook as a Basis for Your Song
The Myth of the Hook
Recognizing a Hook
Chapter 6 SUMMARY
Chapter 7- Inspiration
The Role of Inspiration
Misunderstanding Inspiration
THE Steps to Honing Your Songwriting Craft
Chapter 7 SUMMARY
Chapter 8- The World Beyond Composing – Now What?
The Most Important Principle of All
And now… what?
Getting Your Song Ready… A Brief Tutorial
Mechanical Rights
Performing Rights Organizations
In Conclusion
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The Essential Secrets of Song Writing

The Essential Secrets of Song Writing

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Published by: Julio Taylor Jr on Sep 02, 2011
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