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Proven techniques for songwriting success

This friendly, hands-on guide tackles the new face of therecording industry, guiding you through the shift from traditionalsales to downloads and mobile music, as well as how you can harnesssocial media networks to get your music "out there." You get basicsongwriting concepts, insider tips and advice, and inspiration forwriting — and selling — meaningful, timeless songs.

Songwriting 101 — get a grip on everything you need toknow to write a song, from learning to listen to your "inner voice"to creating a "mood" and everything in between

Jaunt around the genres — discover the variety of musicalgenres and find your fit, whether it's rock, pop, R&B, gospel,country, or more

Let the lyrics out — master the art of writing lyrics,from finding your own voice to penning the actual words to usinghooks, verses, choruses, and bridges

Make beautiful music — find your rhythm, make melodies,and use chords to put the finishing touches on your song

Work the Web — harness online marketing and socialnetworks like Facebook, Twitter, and others to get your music heardby a whole new audience

Open the book and find:

What you need to know before you write a single note

Tips on finding inspiration

Ways to use poetic devices in lyrics

Computer and Web-based shortcuts and technologies to streamlinesongwriting

A look at famous songwriting collaborators

Writing for stage, screen, and television

How to make a demo to get your song heard

Advice on how to make money from your music

Learn to:

Develop your songwriting skills with tips and techniques fromthe pros

Use social networking sites to get your music out to thepublic

Break into the industry with helpful, how-to instructions

Topics: Music, Writing, Creativity, Singing, How-To Guides, and Informative

Published: Wiley on
ISBN: 9780470890417
List price: $21.99
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