Writing Better Lyrics Paperback – Jan 8 2010
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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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The author is an instructor at the Berklee College of Music. You can tell by the way the book reads and how it's laid out that the author is an instructor. Each chapter is like a lesson being presented by the teacher. In that sense, this analytical approach can be very dry and would most likely be more engaging in a live presentation than it is when reading it.
The chapters are concise and well thought out and gives me a LOT to think about, but I find the writing itself tires me out. It's hard to explain what I mean by this - the book is not overly wordy, the words are not too "big/scholarly", and the author does not talk down to the reader. However, I've read through only a third of this book so far, in an amount of time that I would normally finish two complete books! I sometimes force myself to continue reading (rather than wanting to) because I'm convinced the author is right in the points he's making and I find the lessons valuable.
The author is knowledgeable and provides good examples of lyrics to demonstrate the points being made. He gives many "assignments", like course homework, and I admit that I haven't been doing my homework!Read more ›
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I bought this book after taking Pat Pattison's online songwriting course through Coursera. Writing songs seems like a skill reserved for people who are naturally talented in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great reference book for the songwriting course by Pat Pattison.Published 15 months ago by Ian Elphick
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