In Great Songwriting Techniques, veteran composer and teacher Jack Perricone shares years of experience in the art, science, and pedagogy of songwriting to teach readers the craft. Whether they write for a small group of friends or in the hopes of creating a smash hit, aspiring songwriters can learn how to focus on topics essential to their success in this competitive field; every songwriter must be aware of audience, thick-skinned enough to handle rejection and competition, and most importantly have the confidence to master the craft of composing and producing. Perricone teaches readers to accomplish this through a targeted series of lessons on key elements of songwriting from building blocks like melody, harmony, and rhythm to more advanced topics like lyric placement and tone texture. Chapters explore loop-based harmonic patterns, tone tendencies, form, function, and lyric writing, all in service of preparing the aspiring songwriter to be a master of prosody and keen in understanding the relationship between words and music. The volume includes examples of exceptional songwriting from well-known artists such as Irving Berlin, Prince, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, and Taylor Swift.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Jack Perricone is Chair Emeritus of Songwriting at Berklee College of Music.
Table of Contents
Chapter1. BEGINNING A SONG
Chapter 2. INTRODUCTION TO MELODY
Chapter 3. RHYTHM AND RHYME
Chapter 4. TONE TENDENCIES
Chapter 5. SETTING LYRICS TO MUSIC/SETTING MUSIC TO LYRICS
Chapter 6. SIMPLE BUT INTERESTING
Chapter 7. TRADITIONAL MAJOR/MINOR ENVIRONMENT
Chapter 8. The BLUES, ROCK, R&B AND MODAL ENVIRONMENTS
Chapter 9. DEVEOPMENTAL TECHNIQUES
Chapter 10. THE MELODIC OUTLINE AND THE MELODIC STEP PROGRESSION