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Melody in Songwriting

Tools and Techniques for Writing Hit Songs

By Jack Perricone

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Tools and Techniques for Writing Hit Songs. Berklee Guide. Softcover. 192 pages. Published by Berklee Press (HL.50449419).

Item Number: 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!

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  • 4

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    Jax, FL
    Difficulty Level:
    Not sure
  • March 19, 2009 A melodic thought process of note

    So far informative, but seems to jump from basic instruction to possibly confusing!

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  • 5

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    Canada
    Difficulty Level:
    Intermediate/advanced
  • 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 book. All in all a excellent book but only buy if your reasonably knowledgable about music.

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  • 5

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    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 is more than worth the effort. The books’ one weakness is that no CD of the examples is included so in order to hear and fully appreciate the given examples you’ll need above average music reading and keyboarding skills. Bottom line; if you read this book and do the exercises, you’ll be able to write a reasonably good melody every time you sit down, even without inspiration. Add inspiration and you just may write a great melody.

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  • 5

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    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. There are also some tunes extremely well analyzed with great info. It demonstrates the logical development inside the great hits. It is a must have book to improve your songwriting skills.

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  • 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...

    firm grasp on the steps needed to create a song of your own.

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