The Complete Idiot's Guide to Songwriting, 2nd Edition

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Songwriting, 2nd Edition

by Joel Hirschhorn




The most thorough guide to songwriting for the amateur musician. Written by an Oscar-winning and Grammy and Tony award nominated author, this is the most comprehensive book for today's amateur musician who is interested in creating and writing his or her own songs. It reveals everything the reader needs to know, including coming up with ideas, rhyming schemes, hooks, melodies, and lyrics; selling songs; working in the industry; and even coming up with titles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592572113
Publisher: Alpha Books
Publication date: 05/04/2004
Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
Edition description: 2ND
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 7.38(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 17 - 18 Years

About the Author

Joel Hirschhorn is the winner of two Academy Awards for Best Song. His songs have sold more than 93 million records and have been recorded by such artists as Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Roy Orbison, Frank Sinatra, and Julian Lennon. He has scored numerous movies, has garnered several additional Oscar nominations for Best Song, and has been nominated for two Tony Awards for his musical scores. He does regular scores for the television shows JAG, South Park, and The Simpsons.

Table of Contents

Part 1How to Write a Hit1
1Music Training: Is It a Must?3
2A Century of Songwriting13
3The Idea Is King25
4What Comes First, Words or Music?37
5Finding and Keeping Collaborators47
6Title Power!59
Part 2Dressing Up the Song69
7The Visual Songwriter71
8Cooking Up Your Hit Ingredients79
9Repetition and Hooks89
10The Secrets of Hit Melody Writing101
Part 3Genre Gold123
12Crossing Into Country125
13R&B and Rap135
14Commercials and Children's Music147
15Movie Scoring and Songwriting159
16Live and Animated Musicals171
17Musicals for the Stage181
Part 4Showing It Off197
18The Power of a Hit Demo199
19Becoming a Great Song Salesman211
20The Singer/Songwriter223
21Home Studio233
22Producing Your Own Hit Songs243
Part 5Finishing Touches255
23Royalties and Guilds257
24What's Happening in Songwriting?271
CContests and Competitions297

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