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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; unknown edition (Jan. 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599632977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599632971
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pat Pattison is a professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches lyric writing and poetry. His books include Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming. In addition, Pat has developed three online lyric writing courses for Berklee’s online school, and has written articles for a variety of industry publications. His internationally successful students include multiple Grammy winners John Mayer and Gillian Welch. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glencoe on Jan. 17 2012
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Pat Pattison makes you think outside the box even after you thought you were already outside the box. His 'show me, don't tell me' advice is something we should all aspire to. Get this book. You will not regret it. I bought two copies - one for my playbook and one to have hangin' around the house!
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Bought this after I took the Coursera course from Berklee with Pat Pattison. This takes songwriting to a new level and opens the secrets of language to budding songwriters. Writing from the heart may be emotional, but writing with the brain also in gear makes it so much better. This is a must have for anyone looking to be a new or better songwriter.
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If you find yourself as many do, myself included, struggling or waiting for inspiration to write your next tune this book is for you.
Patterson provides a graduated series of exercises and examples to help you get to "The good stuff" quickly, turning your every waking moment into an opportunity to craft better lyrics.

If you are new to writing or consider yourself experienced yet wanting to develop your craft further this is a book you will do well with.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Practical Inspiration & Techniques Sept. 12 2013
By PL - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked up this book as a supplement while attending Pat Pattison's excellent (and free!) songwriting course on Coursera (I strongly recommend the course as well). In brief, the exercises Pat outlines in the book, and Pat's approach to teaching songwriting in general, represent the very best pedagogical approach to the craft that I have ever come across. Not only does he possess a deep understanding of the rhythm of language, line length, and (often-unconventional) rhyme and their often-subtle relationship to perceived meaning, but he goes further to make his understanding accessible in a practical way to the student of the craft. The weeks spent attending his course and reading his books have done far more for my writing than every other book I've read on the subject over thirty years' time, combined.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book sets the songwriter free!!! April 9 2013
By By Jadaci - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a better songwriter than I was before I took this course and used this book. Thank you, Dr. Pattson!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Book May 6 2013
By Dorothy - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm still doing the exercises and playing and learning from this book. Learning a lo and having fun doing it..
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It removes the fumbling in your brain June 5 2014
By Cynthia Roe - Published on Amazon.com
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And replaces it instead with boundless options. It will change the way casual and novice songwriters look at songwriting, and reduce hours invested trying to produce the perfect line into lyrics that make sense to the ear!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
As good as Pat's best selling "Writing Better Lyrics" Feb. 18 2013
By Diarmaid Mc Gee - Published on Amazon.com
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Another fantastic addition to the books written by the master of teaching lyric writing. A must have for all budding lyricists.


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