The Contemporary Songwriter's Usage Guide to Writing Songs That Last
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Series: Music Pro Guides
An effective new songwriting vocabulary supported by ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC! The Elements of Song Craft does for songwriters what William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White's The Elements of Style did for English language students and writers alike; gives an all-in-one definitive manifesto for contemporary songwriters in every genre to organize, understand, and practice the rules, principles, definitions, forms, and song craft needed to create good songs, songs of undeniable creative power and beauty, songs that last.
This book beelines directly to the most important aspect of writing good songs – identifying the key emotion living at the heart of the song – then offers a step-by-step process to harnessing that singular emotional power. Additionally, a dozen other strategies, formulas, perspectives, and exercises are offered in the book.
The Elements of Song Craft introduces, for the first time to a general songwriting audience, an effective new songwriting vocabulary utilized by songwriters taught in the Song Arts Academy method and supported by ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, the world's leading Performance Rights Organizations at the heart of the songwriting business, as well as at NYU Steinhardt's and the New School's songwriting programs, for over sixteen years.
Thousands of song arts participants, including hit songwriters and The Voice and American Idol contestants, have been trained in this method. ©2020, 288 pages