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Songwriting Workshop: Melody
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Learn to construct strong, expressive melodies that your audiences will remember in this 12-week online course.

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The Songwriter's Workshop: Melody

by Jimmy Kachulis
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The Songwriter's Workshop: Melody teaches the fundamental techniques behind today's hit songs, together with easy-to-follow exercises, so you can immediately apply these tools to your own art. Quit wrestling with writer's block, and learn to make the songwriting process easy, fun, and intuitive.

You'll learn how to:

  • Develop melodies that express the unique spirit of your lyrics
  • Choose notes, rhythm, and section structures to effectively express lyric meaning
  • Write memorable choruses and verses that work together as a complete song
  • Follow examples and tips from professional songwriters
  • Practice your songs with an accompaniment on the play-along CD, even if you can't play an instrument

About the Author

Jimmy Kachulis

Jimmy Kachulis has trained thousands of songwriters, including Grammy-nominated artists; staff writers at Almo Irving, Sony, Warner Brothers, and EMI; independent songwriters, and many others. He currently teaches songwriting and lyric writing at Berklee College of Music and conducts songwriting clinics nationwide. Jimmy's songs have been broadcast internationally on shows including The Sopranos, Touched by an Angel, Jag, All My Children, The Young and the Restless, One Life to Live, and The Jamie Foxx Show.


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"The Songwriter's Workshop: Melody not only puts melody in the forefront where it should be but also offers strategies for creating better melodies within the framework of all of the other important elements of a song.This book's greatest feature is the CD. It really brings the theoretical concept to life but it also gives those who are not so great at reading notation, a chance to benefit from the book's illuminating examples."

"The Songwriter's Workshop offers songwriters at any level the tools to turn their desire into something real: a compelling, emotional, melodic song."

-Phil Galdston, Grammy-nominated songwriter

"Jimmy's songwriting classes have always been among the most popular songwriting classes at the Berklee College of Music and it's easy to see why. Not only is he a wonderful teacher- his techniques work! The songwriting tools I learned from Jimmy have helped me tremendously in my songwriting. Reading this book is like getting the best songwriting advice from a trusted mentor and friend. All the secrets of writing great melodies are in here."

-Corrinne May, Singer/Songwriter; Winner of the 2001 Kerrville New Folk Award

"At last! A user-friendly and practical songwriting course that stimulates natural creativity without intimidating the untrained musician. Jimmy Kachulis has put the cookies down on the bottom shelf where us kids can reach them!"

-Mary Dawson, President, CQK Music; National Radio Talk Show Host

"This comprehensive guide to songwriting makes the art accessible to everyone who ever wanted to compose. From budding creative souls to professional artists and staff songwriters, Jimmy Kachulis' techniques break down the craft into time-proven formulas for hit writing."

-Andrea Stolpe, Staff Songwriter, Almo/Irving Music

"Jimmy Kachulis gives concise tools and easy-to-understand methods that help songwriters bridge the chasm from having a raw seedling of inspiration to having a finely tuned work of art. The Songwriter's Workshop helps develop the attention to fine detail necessary to be a successful writer."

-Gregory Becker, Staff Songwriter, Almo/Irving Music

"I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how much I am enjoying working through the Songwriters Workshop. It is well-written, well-presented, and extremely useful. It is a great tool that has opened my mind to new ideas. I am looking forward to the next two books in the series."

- Benjamin Ash, St. Louis, MO

Sample Lessons on Berklee Shares

Samples from this title are available on, where you can download free music lessons and share them with your friends.

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