The Songwriter's Idea Book ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Sheila Davis

The Songwriter's Idea Book

Writers Digest Books
Publication date: January 2012
ISBN: 9781440322693
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)
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In her first two books, Sheila Davis classified the major song forms and enduring principles that have been honored for decades by America's foremost songwriters. Those books have become required reading in music courses from NYU to UCLA.

In The Songwriters Idea Book, Davis goes one step further, giving you 40 strategies for designing distinctive songs. You'll break new ground in your own songwriting by learning about the inherent relationship between language style, personality type and the brain.

  • You'll go, step by step, through the creative process as you activate, incubate, separate and discriminate.

  • You'll learn to use the whole-brain techniques of imaging, brainstorming and clustering.

  • You'll expand your skilled use of figurative language with paragrams, metonyms, synecdoche and antonomasia.

  • You'll be challenged to design metaphors, form symbols, make puns and coin words.

  • And, you'll learn how to prevent writer's block, increase your productivity and maintain your creative flow.
Over 100 successful student lyrics from pop, country, cabaret, and theater serve as role-models to illustrate the "whole-brain" songwriting process.
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This is absolutely excellent and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn to write songs, or who writes them already and simply wants to improve. Something I found very interesting in this book, that I hadn't come across elsewhere, was Sheila Davis explanation of the importance of understanding yourself and your thinking style. She explains that whatever weaknesses you have will show in your writing, so if you are aware of your weaknesses and where they lie, you can help to avoid them carrying over into your writing. Her approach really is unique - it will definitely help you improve your craft.
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