Composition and Songwriting Books and DVD/Videos

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  • Beating Songwriter's Block - Jump-Start Your Words and Music - Book
    Item # QTT378206
    | Mfg # 333749
    | UPC # 884088657048
    Songwriter's block can be devastating, stopping even the best songwriters in their tracks. It can have several possible causes and levels of severity. Research shows that a fear of failure is the ultimate cause of most blocks. Fear sets in when numerous attempts to write music fail. But what causes those failures? They usually happen as a result of either a lack of organization, a weakness in songwriting technique, or a misunderstanding of the ve...
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  • Exploring Jazz Arranging - Softcover with Disk
    Item # QTT311865
    | Mfg # 842531
    | UPC # 884088541392
    An Interactive Guide to the Techniques and Aesthetics Perfect for both new and experienced arrangers, this book/CD-ROM covers concepts that guide the beginner and stimulate new thinking among more seasoned musicians. The musical examples are creative and engaging, masterfully illustrating the concepts explained in the text. Includes: a comprehensive interactive guide with scrolling playback of musical examples; sophisticated MIDI renditions t...
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  • Lyrics - Writing Better Words for Your Songs - Softcover - Reference Book
    Item # QTT250356
    | Mfg # 331410
    | UPC # 884088064013
    Lyrics sheds light on all aspects of lyric writing for music and will make songwriters feel more confident and creative when they tackle lyrics. It's perfect for all songwriters: those who don't like their own lyrics and find them difficult to write, experienced writers looking for a creative edge, and those offering lyrics to set to music in a partnership. Topics include channeling personal experiences into lyrics, overcoming writer's block, the...
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  • This guidebook teaches songwriters exactly how to create awesome solos that will really help their material stand out. Based on the study of nearly 900 songs from six decades of great music, it explains the musical role played by solos, illustrates which notes work over any chord sequence, and offers a comprehensive range of hints and tips for creating instrumental breaks that will enhance any song. An accompanying CD includes no fewer than 42 sa...
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  • The Songwriter's Workshop: Harmony - Softcover with CD
    Item # QIU227324
    | Mfg # 50449519
    | UPC # 073999213751
    Learn the fundamental techniques behind today's hit songs, with easy-to-follow exercises so you can immediately apply these tools to your own songs. Quit wrestling with writer's block, and learn to make the songwriting process easy, fun, and intuitive. Kachulis covers a variety of topics, including: colors of chords and keys • chord embellishments and progressions to enrich your palette of colors • dozens of ways to modify your harmonie...
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  • Originally published in 2003, and now revised and updated, The Songwriting Sourcebook is the third entry in Rikky Rooksby's bestselling How to Write Songs series. This easy-to-use book will help you write better songs by explaining the art of writing effective chord sequences. All examples come with easy-to-read guitar chord boxes, and the accompanying 20-track audio CD features original recordings that illustrate some of the points made in th...
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  • Unlocking Creativity: A Producer's Guide to Making Music and Art - Softcover
    Item # QTT424281
    | Mfg # 122314
    | UPC # 884088950118
    Here, record producer Beinhorn reveals how to deal with interpersonal issues record producers face when they work with artists one on one or in small groups. The situations and solutions are based upon the author's personal and professional experience working with a variety of different artists, such as Herbie Hancock, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soul Asylum, Hole, Soundgarden, Ozzy Osbourne, Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Social Distortion, Korn,...
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  • 2000 Songwriter's Market
    Item # QTT172522
    | Mfg # 330504
    | UPC # 073999305043
    Essential for serious songwriters, this book offers inside tips on how - and where - to place songs through more than 2,000 up-to-date listings (includes 400 brand new listings) of song markets. Articles and interviews keep songwriters current on trends in the fast-paced music biz. Also includes info on songwriter organizations, listings of contests and workshops, e-mail addresses and websites, geographic and general indexes, and much more! (522 ...
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  • 2007 Song Writer's Market - Where & How to Market Your Songs - Softcover
    Item # QTT253875
    | Mfg # 331499
    | UPC # 884088144913
    For 30 years, this book has provided the must-have info songwriters need to get their songs heard and signed. No matter the genre, this is the reference beginners to pros use to start and build successful careers. This updated edition features: contact info for 700+ record companies, publishers, managers, producers and more; resource listings for networking, organizations, contests, etc.; informative articles by respected authors; and even an int...
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  • This book is written from a composer's point of view and is intended to be a reference book for the analysis of arranging techniques. Its aim is to help composers and arrangers improve their compositional skills as well as their understanding of various musical styles. Through a study and analysis of the scores and styles of the master composers, the author gives a broad view of the music of both the past and of the present. This allows the music...
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  • Finale 2014 A Trailblazer Guide - Softcover
    Item # QTT371848
    | Mfg # 121246
    | UPC # 884088921385
    Revised and updated for Finale 2014, this guide offers clear,step-by-step methods for creating beautiful scores with ease. Master theessentials and learn to take advantage of Finale's incredible power byfocusing on the tools you need and ignoring the ones you don't. Increaseproductivity: readers will find a concise overview of Finale'sframework followed by a guide to the everyday tricks and shortcuts thatmake using Finale a breeze. Learn from an ...
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  • How to Write Songs on Keyboards - Softcover with CD
    Item # QTT239349
    | Mfg # 331345
    | UPC # 884088039097
    This book helps both keyboard and guitar players to find and develop interesting chords and chord sequences on a keyboard, and then use them to write their own songs. Rather than trying to teach intricate pieces of music, the book breaks things down into a simpler style and concentrates on basic chords and ideas, starting with a simple three-chord song and gradually adding more complex structures. A visual system that virtually eliminates the use...
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