Melody in Songwriting

Tools and Techniques for Writing Hit Songs

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  • Suggested Retail Price: $24.95
  • Format: Book
  • Pages: 192
  • Dimensions: 9 x 12
  • ISBN: 0-634-00638-X
  • SKU: 50449419
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2002

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Discover songwriting techniques from the hit makers!

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!

Authors

Jack Perricone

Jack Perricone, co founder of Berklee College of Music’s unique Songwriting Department, has enjoyed a distinguished career as songwriter, composer,…