How to Write Songs on Guitar: A Guitar-Playing and Songwriting Course - Updated Edition

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20th Anniversary Edition, Updated and Expanded

Format: Softcover

ISBN: 9781493051762

You want to write songs, and you want to write them on guitar. This updated twentieth-anniversary third edition of the bestselling songwriting handbook shows you how. Learn the techniques and tricks used in two thousand great songs by everyone from the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie to Kings of Leon, U2, Amy Winehouse, and Ed Sheeran. Explore and understand the four main elements of a song-melody, harmony, rhythm, and lyrics-and learn how to use them in exciting new ways. Master song structure, intros, bridges, chord sequences, and key changes. Make the most of your guitar, with innovative chords, scales, modes, tunings, and recording techniques. Use the skills and insights of the great songwriters to create better, more memorable songs. The book gives many examples of classic chord sequences that can be used straight off the page. It explains the basic architecture of most songs. It contains an effective two-part chord dictionary for guitar, providing a set of basic shapes. A second section provides some chords for altered tunings. There are some examples of finger-picking patterns and strumming rhythms. There are chapters on lyric writing, rhythm, melody, and making a demo recording. There are inspirational quotes from famous songwriters, and a gallery of thirty notable albums from which much can be learned. It is everything you need to get started. ©2020, 288 pages



Foreword to the 20th anniversary edition 7
    How to use this book 9
    Introduction 11
  Section 1 Songwriting methods 19
  Section 2 Chord dictionary part 1 24
  Section 3 Chord sequences 41
  Section 4 Developing sequences 87
  Section 5 Song structures 101
  Section 6 Rhythm 119
  Section 7 Melody 133
  Section 8 How to write a lyric 144
  Section 9 Chord dictionary part 2: advanced harmony 169
  Section 10 Keys and key changing 188
  Section 11 Guitar resources part 1 206
  Section 12 Guitar resources part 2: altered tunings 219
  Section 13 Making a demo recording 234
  Section 14 Gallery of songs 244
  Section 15 Famous songwriters on songwriting 259
  Section 16 Recommended albums for songwriters 266
    Indexes 271
    Acknowledgments 287
    About the author 288