Pat Pattison's Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming - 2nd Edition
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Pat Pattison's Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming - 2nd Edition

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Author: Pat Pattison

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Table of Contents

Do I Have to Rhyme?
Something Unnatural
Something Cliché
Rhyme Is Your Friend
Shaking Hands
Masculine Rhymes/feminine Rhymes
Finding Rhymes
Using Your Rhyming Dictionary
Exchanging Business Cards
Rhyme Spotlights Ideas
Rhyme Connects Ideas
Getting References
Family Friends
Expanding Rhyme Possibilities
Perfect Rhyme Substitutes
Phonetic Relationships
Feminine Family Rhymes
Syllables Ending In More Than One Consonant
L And R
Friendly Relatives
Additive/subtractive Rhyme
Syllables With Consonant Endings
Family Additives
Subtractive Rhyme
Kissin’ Cousins
Assonance Rhyme
Feminine Assonance Rhyme
Consonance Rhyme: From Birth To Death
Partial Rhyme: From Cradle To Grave
The Fruits of Friendship
Sonic Bonding
Internal Rhyme
Horizontal And Vertical Consonant Families
Concealed Alliteration
Voice Leading And Prosody
Craft and Rhyme Types
About the Author

Find better rhymes, and use them more effectively.

Rhyme is one of the most crucial areas of lyric writing, and this guide will provide you with all the technical information necessary to develop your skills completely. Make rhyme work for you, and your lyric writing will greatly improve. If you have written lyrics before, even at a professional level, you can still gain greater control and understanding of your craft with the exercises and worksheets included in this book. Hone your writing technique and skill with this practical and fun approach to the art of lyric writing. Start writing better than ever before! You will learn to:

  • Use different types of consonant and vowel sounds to improve your lyric story
  • Find more rhymes and choose which ones are most effective
  • Spotlight important ideas using rhyme

This edition of this classic songwriting text contains new strategies and insights, as well as analyses of the rhymes of Randy Newman, Warren Zevon, T.S. Eliot, and other songwriters and poets.

Pat Pattison’s many successful students include GRAMMY® award winners John Mayer, Gillian Welch, and Tom Hambridge. Pat has been teaching at Berklee College of Music since 1975, where he played a central role in developing Berklee's unique songwriting major—the world’s first college-level songwriting degree. In addition to four books about songwriting, Pat has developed several courses for Berklee Online ( and His lyrics and articles are widely published, and he presents live songwriting clinics worldwide.

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