Songwriting Success
How to Write Songs for Fun and (Maybe) Profit 
by Michael Lydon
Assuming no musical knowledge, Songwriting Success breaks down the craft of melody and lyric writing into easily digested lessons that anyone can follow. Writing songs requires so many music and language skills that the beginner is often overwhelmed. Shall I work on the music first or the lyrics? What makes a lyric memorable or a melody catchy? Do I start with the chorus first? The only way to face so many worrying questions is to take them on one by one. Songwriting Success shows the beginning songwriter how to integrate the craft's many skills into a seamless artistic and commercial whole.

Lydon also has recorded a special CD taking the budding songwriter who can't read music (or prefers to learn by listening) step-by-step through the writing of a song-from initial idea through crafting melodic hooks and catchy choruses to creating a final "demo" version for marketing the song. This invaluable learning aid sets apart Songwriting Success from the competing titles that don't feature an audio component.

From putting pen to paper to getting your songs heard, Songwriting Success offers a quick, fun, and useful introduction to the world of songwriting..

Songwriting Success
How to Write Songs for Fun and (Maybe) Profit 
by Michael Lydon
Routledge, 2004.
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