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Writing Better Lyrics [Paperback]

Pat Pattison
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Book Description

Jan. 8 2010
The Must-Have Guide for Songwriters

Writing Better Lyrics has been a staple for songwriters for nearly two decades. Now this revised and updated 2nd Edition provides effective tools for everything from generating ideas, to understanding the form and function of a song, to fine-tuning lyrics.

Perfect for new and experienced songwriters alike, this time-tested classic covers the basics in addition to more advanced techniques.

Songwriters will discover:
  • How to use sense-bound imagery to enhance a song's emotional impact on listeners
  • Techniques for avoiding clichés and creating imaginative metaphors and similes
  • Ways to use repetition as an asset
  • How to successfully manipulate meter
  • Instruction for matching lyrics with music
  • Ways to build on ideas and generate effective titles
  • Advice for working with a co-writer
  • And much more

Featuring updated and expanded chapters, 50 fun songwriting exercises, and examples from more than 20 chart-toppings songs, Writing Better Lyrics gives you all of the professional and creative insight you need to write powerful lyrics and put your songs in the spotlight where they belong.


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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Ideas For Writing Better lyrics Aug. 5 2014
By From the Musician's Pen TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I would definitely recommend this book to serious lyricists and songwriters who feel ready to tackle the challenge of revisiting their lyrics and rewriting them to be of a more professional quality. I'm grateful that the book was honestly titled "Writing Better Lyrics" and not "Writing Better Songs", as the sole focus here is on lyrics. Not all songwriting books admit this and I myself have bought a few such books only to be very disappointed. With this book, you know what to expect.

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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! June 28 2014
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Excellent book. It's a must read for those interested in creating and ''writing better lyrics''. The tips and suggested exercises are a great jump start to get the juices rolling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A staple of my library June 12 2014
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Pattison's advice can be found in a number of sources. This, for me, is the best. It's well organized and takes you along a path that leads to lyrics you'll be even more proud of. I have learned so much from it, and use its lessons regularly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! Feb. 13 2014
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It's like getting a lyric writing course from Pat Pattison in a book. I can go at my own rate and still develop as a writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoying this resource! Dec 2 2013
By mommat
Format:Paperback
I love the broadened perspective I have since reading this book. It is very practical, has lots of tools that I have found incredibly useful. Demystifies the songwriting process. Wish I had found this years ago!
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