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Writing Better Lyrics [Paperback]

Pat Pattison
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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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Writing Better Lyrics + Songwriting Without Boundaries: Lyric Writing Exercises for Finding Your Voice + Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming: A Step-by-Step Guide to Better Rhyming and Lyrics
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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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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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the "Big Three" for lyric writers Dec 28 2009
By J.B. Fillmore - Published on Amazon.com
"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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Really helpful Jan. 14 2013
By M. T. Ireland - Published on Amazon.com
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So... being a right-brained songwriter, I have a tendency to buy these books and then only look at them occasionally when I feel stuck in the process. This book inevitably gives me some nuts and bolts way to look at my song differently and get over the hump to a more creative solution. It also helps me refine my songs once I feel they are 'done' and make them even better. Highly recommend it as a tool in your songwriting toolbox.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 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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