SONGWRITING: The best printed materials
I’ve been heavily into the art and craft of songwriting since about 2003. The books I’ve found the most useful, and worth the money, are:
- Rikky Rooksby: How To Write Songs On Guitar (this is the best, hands-down)
- Rikky Rooksby: How To Write Songs On Keyboards (not as good, but still good)
- Rikky Rooksby: The Songwriting Sourcebook (a bit confusing at times, if you don’t know basic music theory, but a wealth of information/chord progressions/styles… amazing)
- Jimmy Kachulis: Songwriter’s Workshop: Melody (essential study guide… interactive!)
- Jimmy Kachulis: Songwriter’s Workshop: Harmony (essential, just as the first book… again, just as interactive)
- Michael Miller: Complete Idiot’s Guide To Music Theory, 2nd Edition (awesome and very easy to understand)
- Michael Miller: Complete Idiot’s Guide To Music Composition (very informative and fun to use/read)
- Robin A. Frederick: Shortcuts To Hit Songwriting (kind of expensive, and geared toward top 40 writing, but… LOTS of great tips… for chords, melodies, hooks, etc. Excellent book and the only of its kind).
Sorry for the late post, for those of you looking for holiday gift ideas… but, hopefully you give these a shot… either as a holiday gift or any time of year. Worth it, all of them!
Happy holidays, folks!