Writing Better Lyrics

Writing Better Lyrics


By (author) Pat Pattison

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  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 18mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 31 August 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Ohio
  • ISBN 10: 1582970645
  • ISBN 13: 9781582970646
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: music
  • Sales rank: 599,980

Product description

Pattison presents a unique, in-depth approach to the process of lyric writing. Songwriters will examine 17 extraordinary songs and learn the distinct elements that make them so effective. Pattison then presents more than 30 lyric-writing exercises designed to achieve the same results. From generating lyric ideas and managing repetition to developing verses, it's all here. Songwriters will: find warm-up exercises that revolutionize songwriting imagery; use a rhyming dictionary and a thesaurus to generate ideas and find snappy rhyme; create meaningful metaphors and similes while avoiding cliches; develop verses by using or breaking conventional rules; experiment with point of view in every lyric to make a song stand out

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Author information

Pat Pattison is a professor of music and songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He developed the curriculum for Berklee's songwriting major - the first of its kind anywhere. He is the author of Managing Lyric Structure and Rhyming Techniques and Strategies, and was a regular contributor to Home and Studio Recording magazine.