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Hal Leonard Book

Essential Songwriter

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Authors: Jimmy Kachulis and Jonathan Feist

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Table of Contents

1. Power Progressions
2. Fifty-three Songwriting Ideas
3. Hit Song Forms
4. The Songwriting Process
5. Resources
6. Authors' Bios

The Berklee in the Pocket Essential Songwriter is an accessible reference guide that will quickly lead songwriters to ideas that are at the heart of countless hit songs. The tips and strategies jam-packed into this concise guide will help you tackle writer's block and gain fresh insight into the songwriting process. Includes: the 17 chord progressions that are at the heart of the most popular hit songs, guitar charts and keyboard chords showing how to play progressions in all 12 keys, tips to customize essential chord progressions to suit your own songs, contact info for businesses and organizations most important to the working songwriter, and more!

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Essential Songwriter is rated 2.8 out of 5 by 2 .
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Great content. Full of typos. It's great reference content. The chord progressions have a ton of typos. Sometimes they're obvious (Like DIII instead of bIII) sometimes they're not (wrong chord.)
Date published: 2020-04-18
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Good for a historical, basic understanding I want to honest and I did not read this book in entire depth but I have a lot of experience in writing songs - doing it for living and I was very excited when I first discovered this title but two things that prevents me from giving this more than 3 stars: It's based on older songwriting techniques where verses and choruses were very important (around the 2000's) and the other thing is that many interesting concepts lack deeper explanations and remain a bit superfluous in my opinion.
Date published: 2020-04-06
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