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Lyric Writing: Tools and Strategies
Lyric Writing: Tools and Strategies
Generate more and better ideas. Express them in compelling and original ways.

Lyric Writing: Writing From the Title
Lyric Writing: Writing From the Title
Make your writing process more efficient and your lyrics more effective. Learn how to find a powerful and effective song title, and discover how to build lyrics.

Lyric Writing: Writing Lyrics to Music
Lyric Writing: Writing Lyrics to Music
Get the most out of your lyrics by learning how to combine them accurately and effectively with melody.

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Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure

by Pat Pattison
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Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Better Lyrics

Pat Pattison, a veteran songwriter, has taught many of Berklee College of Music's best and brightest how to write truly great lyrics.

This book will help you handle your lyric structures more effectively. Showing you how to take control of your lyrics by honing your creative process, this essential guidebook reveals the secrets of how to become a naturally great lyricist. By studying examples of famous songs, you will learn to integrate the techniques of the pros into your own lyric-writing craft.

The exercises and tools in this book will help you eliminate some trial and error and start writing better lyrics more quickly and efficiently.


  • Write more interesting lyrics and songs
  • Integrate spontaneous soloing as part of your expressive vocabulary
  • Strategically manage the timing and placement of your most important ideas
  • Enjoy more creative possibilities than you've experienced before.

About the Author

Pat Pattison

Pat Pattison has been teaching lyric writing and poetry at Berklee College of Music since 1975. He played a central role in developing Berklee's unique songwriting major, the first complete songwriting degree offered anywhere. Doctoral work in philosophy at Indiana University and a Master of Arts in Literary Criticism gave him the knowledge and inspiration necessary to concentrate on the art of lyric writing. In addition to his work for television and film, as well as numerous clinics and workshops, Pat writes monthly articles for Home and Studio Recording magazine.


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