Melody in Songwriting. (Tools and Techniques for Writing Hit Songs). Berklee Guide. Softcover. 192 pages. Published by Berklee Press (HL.50449419).
ISBN 063400638X. 9x12 inches.
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!
Location: from Jax, FL
Location: from Canada
November 22, 2005
V.Good but above average skills required
An excellent book - one which you've got to reread to remember everybit of songwriting. In my opinion above average skills of music theory are needed in a lot of places. I also think a CD where you could listen to Mr Perricone's own little melodies would have improved the...
15 of 33 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Canada
August 11, 2005
Never write another bad melody
This is the best book on songwriting (excluding lyrics) that I've seen. It covers an awful lot of ground and goes into greater depth and detail than many other books. Granted, beginners will likely feel a little intimidated at first, but I say, ‘just reread it again’, what you’ll learn...
16 of 34 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Sao Paulo, Brazil
May 12, 2005
Talent and Practice together
Some people believe that composition is a gift, a talent rather than practice. Melody in Songwriting proves that talent is not enough without practice and constant self-development. It teaches you to combine both your inner creative and your hard work. The techniques explained become creative tools to write your music....
13 of 28 people found this review helpful.
April 19, 2005
Create a Hit
Unlike certain skills, the art of writing unique and memorable melodies can be taught. Through 'Melody in Songwrting' you will learn valuable skills to be used in the provided exercises. Learning from the examples of some of the best songwriters in the industry, you will be able to get a...
14 of 31 people found this review helpful.