The Art of Songwriting

The Art of Songwriting $31.99

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Andrew West

Published by Methuen

How do you turn songwriting talent into a professional career?

This essential guide tackles that question, alongside many others

It takes songwriters through all the developmental phases and commercial experiences along the way in order to inspire and encourage the reader to find their own voice and write successfully within their chosen genre

Collating the best-available expertise with fresh ideas about the industry, Andrew West equips the reader with what every productive songwriter needs to know ...

How to write communicative songs that express meaning and convey individuality

How to develop songs into records

How the writer can function as a marketer and seller of original work

How domestic and international markets operate

And how to act and interact meaningfully within the culture of those market

Armed with this knowledge, the songwriter is able to engage creatively and financially to make the most of their potential



Chapter 1. What are Songs? Scope; Typology; Music; Creativity; Communication

Chapter 2. What is Songwriting? Solo Collaboration; Audience

Chapter 3. The Writing Styles of The Great Songwriters: Tom Waits; Lucinda Williams; Jeff Tweedy; Bob Dylan; Amy Winehouse; Morrissey and Marr; Arcade Fire; Neil Finn; Joni Mitchell; George and Ira Gershwin; Lennon and McCartney; Neil Young; Marvin Gaye; Shane MacGowan; Kraftwerk; Carole King; Cole Porter; Radiohead; Robert Johnson; Adele; Hank Williams; Elvis Costello; Daniel Johnston; Van Morrison; Ulvaeus and Andersson

Chapter 4. How to Develop As a Songwriter: Composition; Production; Performance; Arrangement; Culture


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