Melody In Songwriting: Tools And Techniques For Writing Hit Songs by Jack PerriconeMelody In Songwriting: Tools And Techniques For Writing Hit Songs by Jack Perricone

Melody In Songwriting: Tools And Techniques For Writing Hit Songs

byJack Perricone

Paperback | May 1, 2000

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(Berklee Guide). Melody is a subject too often neglected in the teaching of music. This unique resource gives melody that attention it deserves, and proves that melody writing is a skill that can be learned. Through proven tool and techniques, you will learn to write interesting melodies, how melodic rhythm influences rhyme, what makes harmony progress, and the many dynamic relationships between melody and harmony. This clear and comprehensive approach to songwriting unlocks the secrets of popular songs, revealing what really makes them work. Examples of great songs by such notable songwriters as Lennon and McCartney, Diane Warren, Robert Palmer, and more, provide a close-up illustration of the songwriting techniques employed by these masters of the industry. This is the book used in Songwriting classes at Berklee College of Music. The exercises provided make it a wonderful self-teaching manual and a great addition to any general theory course of any level. Use the tools presented in this book to help fine-tune your craft and start writing hits!
Title:Melody In Songwriting: Tools And Techniques For Writing Hit SongsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 12 × 9 × 0.49 inPublished:May 1, 2000Publisher:Berklee PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:063400638X

ISBN - 13:9780634006388

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never write another bad melody... I got this book about 5 years ago shortly after it was released. It was the first book specifically dedicated to melody writing that I’d ever read but since then I’ve read a number of others (including Berklee Press’ own Songwriter’s Workshop: Melody). I must say, “Melody in Songwriting” is still the best book on the subject that I’ve seen! It covers an awful lot of ground and goes into greater depth and detail than many other books on the subject of songwriting. In fact, this is a valuable resource for composers in any style of music, not only songwriters. Granted, beginners will likely feel a little intimidated at first, but I say, ‘just reread it again’, what you’ll learn is more than worth the effort. Melody in Songwriting includes about half-a-dozen well known songs as examples plus a greater number of unknown but insightful examples. This brings up the books’ one weakness, which is that no CD of the examples is included so in order to hear and fully appreciate the given examples you’ll need above average music reading and keyboarding skills. Perhaps Berklee Press will consider releasing a CD addendum to this excellent book. Bottom line; if you read this book and do the exercises, you’ll be able to write a reasonably good melody every time you sit down, even without inspiration. Add inspiration and you just may write a great melody.
Date published: 2005-08-09