How to Write Your First Song
Hal Leonard Book

How to Write Your First Song

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Author: Dave Walker

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started
Chapter 2: What Is a Song?
Chapter 3: Lyrics
Chapter 4: Melody
Chapter 5: Sample Instrumental Piece
Chapter 6: Rhythm
Chapter 7: Harmony
Chapter 8: Listening Like a Songwriter
Chapter 9: A Sample Song Development
Chapter 10: What Next?
APPENDIX A: “I Don’t Want to Learn Theory!”
APPENDIX B: Intervals and Scales
APPENDIX C: Triadic Harmony
appendix d: Cadence Types
appendix E: Non-Chord Tones
appendix F: Reading and Writing Music
About the Author

Your first song is the hardest one you will ever write. This book is designed to help you accomplish that goal. You're not going to jot down just any song, but one that you are proud of, one that gives you the confidence and the process required to write your second song, your third song, and on and on...

Here you will find the basic musical knowledge you need and a process for putting that knowledge to work. Let's get started. Let's make you into a songwriter! Includes audio examples embedded right in the book that will make understanding the points and techniques given even easier.

Write your first song today!

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