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  • Learn to write songs! This book presents the basic concepts of popular songwriting, such as song construction, creativity techniques, melodic and harmonic development, how to write memorable lyrics, and other core topics. Hands-on exercises make it practical, and the accompanying recording illustrates the concepts for those who don't yet read music. 
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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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  • How to Write a Fast & Easy Drum Chart - Book and CD
    Item # QTT336016
    | Mfg # 39097
    | UPC # 038081435275
    How to Write a Fast and Easy Drum Chartteaches an innovative and simple approach to drum chart writing thattakes almost no time to learn. Designed for drummers, composers, andstudents who need drum charts for the various songs they encounter, thismethod won’t require you to turn multiple pages and read bar after barof music. Instead, you will see the full form of a song on one piece ofpaper and only need to write a few measures of drum nota...
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  • How to Write Your First Song - Softcover with Media Online
    Item # QTT425638
    | Mfg # 138010
    | UPC # 888680029883
    The hardest song you will ever write is your first. This book is designed to help you accomplish that goal. We're not going to jot down just any song, but one that you are proud of, one that gives you the confidence and the process required to write your second song, your third song, and on and on. Here you will find the basic musical knowledge you need and a process for putting that knowledge to work. Let's get started. Let's make you into a son...
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  • This product represents Mel Bay's top-of-the-line offering for student manuscript. Featuring Saddlestitch binding, the book will lay flat and stay open on a music stand. Perforated pages allow individual sheets to be torn out. Each of the 24 pages has 10 large, easy-to-read systems per page. Product Number: 30040Format: BookISBN: UPC: ISBN13: 9780786683956Series: Non-SeriesPublisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc.Date Published: 5/4/2012
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  • Pat Pattison's Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming - 2nd Edition - Book
    Item # QTT383233
    | Mfg # 124366
    | UPC # 884088996444
    Find better rhymes, and use them more effectively. Rhyme is one of the most crucial areas of lyric writing, and this guide will provide you with all the technical information necessary to develop your skills completely. Make rhyme work for you, and your lyric writing will greatly improve.If you have written lyrics before, even at a professional level, you can still gain greater control and understanding of your craft with the exercises and worksh...
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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 Survival Guide to Success - Softcover
    Item # QTT300435
    | Mfg # 332938
    | UPC # 884088466107
    How to Pitch Your Songs This is the only book written for songwriters from the viewpoint of a music publisher. Veteran music publisher Dude McLean presents the how-to of getting your songs recorded. It's the art and craft of songplugging from the perspective of a veteran music publisher who's been pitching, and been pitched to, for years. McLean's experience covers every aspect of music publishing, including representing, securing record de...
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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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  • 1000 Songwriting Ideas
    Item # QTT271460
    | Mfg # 331938
    | UPC # 884088209247
    Series: Reference Publisher: Music Pro Guides Medium: Softcover Author: Lisa Aschmann A great tool for all songwriters looking for creative resources. 1000 Songwriting Ideas is a handy book of creativity exercises that stop writer's block and spark the fire of your imagination. It offers concepts to ponder as starting places for lyric writing, along with some of the most provocative and inspirational examples you may encounter anywhere....
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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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