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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Second Edition edition (Jan. 8 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582975779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582975771
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Dale B. Hayes on 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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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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By Denise H Gardiner on 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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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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
One of the "Big Three" for lyric writers Dec 28 2009
By J.B. Fillmore - Published on Amazon.com
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"Writing Better Lyrics" does an excellent job of providing specific examples and tools for mastering the complex craft of lyric writing. The author extends his formal knowledge of poetry to encompass the additional elements that lyrics require, and does so in a readable, non-technical way. However, no single book can cover all the facets and nuances of writing lyrics, especially since there are so many different artistic temperaments and musical styles. Thus, this book is best used in conjunction with the two other major books for lyricists, The Craft of Lyric Writing (the original classic), and Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting (the newest, introducing new ideas based on human nature and detailed song analysis). Used as a group, these three books cover all the subtleties and various approaches to the topic, and are sure to provide useful tools for any type of artistic temperament. Each provides a unique set of examples, techniques and insights which work together to create a synergy that is hard to find in any single book.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Enter into the realm of what you don't know July 4 2010
By Avrim Topel, Author of GREEN BEGINNINGS: The Story of How We Built Our Green & Sustainable Home - Published on Amazon.com
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As a songwriter, I've always been wary of over-analyzing the magic that delivers songs to me. Some come prompted from a specific instrument, others from the sound of a note or a chord. Others arrive out of the blue, or from an experience. Mostly, I don't set out to write songs, but rather, songs find me. So, in my mind, over-intellectualizing about this magical process has always been a taboo for me. Don't mess with this God given gift, I've told myself again and again. Well, I've been wrong. Pat Pattison's obviously been aware of this for a long time. His book provides tools, tricks, and awareness to enhance a songwriters ideas and craft. He offers activities to evoke the creative process and templates, formulas, and good rules that one may pick and choose to use or apply to one's songs that are just really good stuff. You don't have to do things Pattison's way at all, but if you want to take your craft to another level, the blueprint is here.
I've found myself re-visiting songs written 20 + years ago and making changes just because I now realize that it really could be better by applying this set of knowledge or that rationale.
I almost signed up to take his on-line Berkley course last week that uses this book, but since I am presently re-reading it for the third time, I'll wait for another one into the future. Songwriters, if you've never read a book that actually gets into the action steps that happen when you write a song, do yourselves a favor and get this book. You can thank me later.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Finally, a real teacher with a repeatable system for lyric writing! Jan. 11 2013
By Perpetual Dreamer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have never been a lyric writier. I wanted to remedy that deficiency. But do I have the talent, creativity, skills to do it? The books I had bought to help me weren't helping. They dispensed facts. Prosody, rhyme, form, blah, blah. This book is different. Pat is a real, breathing teacher. From the first chapter, he has you on a program designed to rewire the way you think--to harvest the rich garden of word memories you have stored away in your brain. To systematically build tables of nouns and verbs that will serve your song. To then really understand rhyme and prosidy. You learn by doing--not by reading and examining other people's songs. It's all about you and your innate skills plus the necessary new skills to harness them. I feel liberated!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A fair lyrics guide Aug. 6 2013
By Junius Henry - Published on Amazon.com
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Many better ones on the market. I would search around before buying this one. Format is awkward and not very friendly.
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Thoroughly Written, Comprehensive Manual July 30 2013
By L. Wallace-Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book because it was the textbook for a course on songwriting with Pat Pattison through Coursera.com (an online course-facilitating company).

The book covers pretty much every aspect of songwriting, from point-of-view and rhyming to prosody (the idea of all parts coming together to make a satisfying whole).

This man knows his stuff! I would recommend it to anyone struggling to write songs (both lyrics and music). He covers and codifies techniques that you've probably intuitively picked up, but never had labelled and laid out as tools before.

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