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Read [PDF] The Craft and Business of Songwriting: A Practical Guide to Creating and Marketing Artistically and Commercially Successful. Many beginning songwriters think that a song is a poem set to music. .. 1 John Braheny, The Craft and Business of Song Writing (Cincinnati: Writer's Digest. The Craft And Business Of Songwriting A Practical Guide To Creating. And Marketing free PDF books to acquire all the knowledge as you want. Free PDF .

Index Introduction Welcome to my book. Before I start showing you around the place, I think it's only right that I tell you why I brought you here. The reason is that I know you're out there slaving over a cold piece of paper and a hot guitar, keyboard, or computer. You care enough about doing it well that you're willing to invest some time in research and development to make sure you're not missing any tricks that helped others be successful. And you also want to make sure you don't make some dumb business move that could blow all your progress. So I thought that, instead of giving you that information one-on-one for the next few years which I wouldn't mind, really , it would be much smarter for me to bring you all here at once. It will also help me buy my own tuna fish sandwich. How did I know you were out there? You've been calling and e-mailing me with your problems, fears, and dreams for years, and I think I've returned most of your calls and e-mails by now. I I How do you know I'm giving you good information? Trust me! This is the last time you should accept that answer. This question deserves a serious answer, so if you'll come with me for about two minutes I'll give you some background on how this "music information junkie" has fed his habit and can help feed yours. Sponsored by Broadcast Music, Inc. We found that many of the writers we auditioned exhibited raw talent but little under- standing of songwriting craft that could make their songs more commercially viable.

In a field that requires us to lay our very hearts out there on the line to be critiqued, torn apart and examined, and then so often rejected; the kindness and understanding of so many people has been instrumental in giving me the courage to continue.

How to write for everyone, for the mass market, and not just for myself. And 3. It is a resource that sits in my studio with me as I create and market my music. Every time I have e-mailed a question, I have received a timely and wisdom-packed reply Di Cohen, Songwriter and Recording Artist Your book was what I needed to read at this time. Thought I was coming from Mars or something.

As I read through the first half of the book I found out I was not the only one who comes up with crazy ways to write a song. It is what I need to do to get some of my thought process worked out on some of the situations that pass through my life. The way you write is down to earth and right to the point.

I commend you on your writing style as it is very conversational and you have a knack of getting to the truth of a subject in a way that the reader can understand easily. I can see you have a vast amount of experience with song writers and artists.

I am looking at getting some information on TAXI and maybe jump on the bandwagon. As I look into this craft of songwriting, even though I have been doing it for three quarters of my life, there is so much more to learn about this art. I have just given into it and, with some help with the people in the business, I can come up with some great songs to share and give a little pleasure to those who like to listen. Sincerly, Lyle A Crockford. A large part of what makes your CRAFT book great is that your pure enjoyment of music and the songwriting process shines through every page.

Thank you for the encouragement and sound advice. A fellow keeper of the craft, Lex My name is Monica Spendlove and Doak Turner recommended your book to me, and of course, because I do know Doak, I went out and bought it the next day. It looked like a good book, and when I started reading it I fell in love with it. I am a member of NSAI and when I went to my regional workshop in Salt Lake City a few days ago, I was pleasantly surprised when the teacher pulled out your book and gave a lesson right out of it.

Because I had already read your book, it was a neat experience to see how to apply it a little. I really liked your writing style, what a sense of humor. Doak is helping me out a lot with the move, but I feel like I am a lot more prepared for my move now after reading your book.

It explains the business in a way that even a free-spirited person like like me can understand. Thank you for writing that book.

I appreciate it. So I leave it around the house: waiting like a snake that is going to wake up any minute to bite me with another inspirational tidbit! Our local library has it in, awesome! Blessings sincerely! Thanks for writing such an encouraging and helpful book for song writers and Artists! So, if you are available, I would love to be mentored by you.

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I must say again that the good humour with which you write is a tremendous bonus: the story about your friend who pitched his songs in soup cans is a classic and made me laugh out loud! I found it hard to put down and, in consequence, have nearly completed it! To the many plaudits which I know you have justly received, I would like to add my own: it is a wonderfully informative, detailed and often witty book which is a joy to read.

I have no doubt that it will prove invaluable to me, not least if I am fortunate enough to reach that stage where the extensive contractual and legal advice becomes relevant. For every "rule" you'll find a song that broke that rule and succeeded. The music industry has many "right" ways to do anything, including writing hit songs. If you want to write successful songs, instead of learning "rules" you need to be aware of principles, the freedoms and restrictions of the medium for which you want to write, and have at your command a wide range of options with which to solve each creative problem.

This book will provide you with these options. In most cases you'll find that you already know them instinctively but haven't ever seen them in writing.

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In recognizing them you'll commit them more strongly to memory and use them more often and more effectively. Writing a great song is only part of being a successful songwriter.

Unsung thousands possess the talent and craft to write great songs, but without understanding the business and knowing how to protect your creations and get them heard by those who can make them successful, those songs are like orphans.

It will demystify and humanize what can often feel to a newcomer like a cold, monolithic, and impersonal industry. To capitalize on dumb luck, you need to be ready when opportunity drops out of the sky. To be ready for your big break, you have to pull your craft and business together. By reading this book and others recommended in this book , by listening to and analyzing all forms of popular music, especially the music you love, and by meeting as many people in the business as your circumstances will allow, you'll maximize your chances for success.

Can you learn to write songs from a book? Are songwriting classes a waste of time? Critics of songwriter education say it's a waste, that "You're born with knowing how and, if you're not, there's nothing you can do to get it. But for the most part, music industry pros recognize that they actually benefit from informed writers who understand the business and how to approach it in a professional manner.

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In terms of craft, I do believe that, though you may have been born with a predisposi- tion to music and language skills, it's more important to have been raised in an environ- ment where you were encouraged to explore, read, and express yourself verbally and musically and were given positive strokes for it. Many others with as much talent need, by way of classes, books, and workshops, to be in a supportive environment and be provided with a base of information to help their creativity bloom.

Though the "trial and error" method is a great teacher and will never be replaced by classes and books, the time you can waste in the "school of hard knocks" may also be devastating to your ego and your will to persevere.

Getting as much information as early as possible about both craft and business can save you years. Primarily, you'll be organizing material that you already instinctively know and putting it in a context that helps you remember it when you need it. All types of artists need a knowledge of the media in which they work, their limitations, freedoms, and properties.

Painters need to know about the properties of acrylics, oil paints, and watercol- ors, the types of brushes and canvas, the mechanics of visual perspective.

They need to train their eyes. As songwriters, you need to train your ears.

For you, it's important to know, for instance, that Top 40 radio, musical theater, and film all have different requirements for the way songs are written. It's important to have the choice of many different ways to achieve dynamics in a song, and to know why an artistic choice would work in one situation and not in another.

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