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Songwriting Workshop: Melody
Songwriting: Melody
Learn to construct strong, expressive melodies that your audiences will remember.

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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Melody in Songwriting

by Jack Perricone
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Discover songwriting techniques from the hit makers!

Melody is a subject too often neglected in the teaching of music. This unique resource gives melody that attention it deserves, and proves that melody writing is a skill that can be learned.

Through proven tool and techniques, you will learn to write interesting melodies, how melodic rhythm influences rhyme, what makes harmony progress, and the many dynamic relationships between melody and harmony.

This clear and comprehensive approach to songwriting unlocks the secrets of popular songs, revealing what really makes them work. Examples of great songs by such notable songwriters as Lennon and McCartney, Diane Warren, Robert Palmer, and more, provide a close-up illustration of the songwriting techniques employed by these masters of the industry.

This is the book used in Songwriting classes at Berklee College of Music. The exercises provided make it a wonderful self-teaching manual and a great addition to any general theory course of any level. Use the tools presented in this book to help fine-tune your craft and start writing hits!

About the Author

Jack Perricone

Jack Perricone, co founder of Berklee College of Music's unique Songwriting Department, has enjoyed a distinguished career as songwriter, composer, and arranger. His work includes such hits as "Run, Joey, Run," which reached Billboard's 1975 Top Five, and Angela Bofill's "What I Wouldn't Do (For the Love of You)." His songs have appeared on the Pop, Country, and r&b charts, and have been recorded by David Geddes, Lou Rawls, Jerry Butler, K.T. Oslin, and many others.

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