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Songwriting: Powerful Melody, Lyric and Composing Skills to Help You Craft a Hit

By: Sean Levi
Narrated by: Anthony C. Forsmark
Length: 37 mins
4 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Summary

You're about to discover how to craft great songs packed full of meaning. You'll learn how to stay focused, be productive, and get over writer's block. They'll be little exercises throughout that will challenge your ear, creativity and artistry.

You'll learn a little music theory, what makes a great song, and how to craft memorable melodies.

Here is a preview of what you'll learn:

  • How to craft an engaging story in our song
  • How to write catchy melodies
  • Harmony masterclass
  • Rhyme and rhythm 101
  • How to structure songs to devastating effect
  • How to be productive and power through writer's block
  • And much more!

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not worth a credit.

it's barely half hour in length and I accidentally spent a credit on it.

not worth the credit.

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Back to basics.

Great ideas and very helpful! Writers block released after picking up some tools! Thank you.

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good for the beginner

Great starting point for everyone. Basic music theory covered.
recommended for all novices.
Quick book to listen. succinct and easily understood

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Not deep but very useful guide

A very concise but useful guide to writing a song. Worth reading for sure! Provided you have tried writing a song before this guide should give you better process.

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  • Shane Hunter
  • 05-05-16

Waste of Time

This offered nothing more than a few mantras and basic review of chord progression. Weak.

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  • Bill D. Stinnett
  • 09-01-19

A few basics. Nothing more.

This 37-minute audio book is only useful to the very very beginner level. Many concepts, when spoken instead of read, are confusing and of little value. The really silly part was that - after providing only a few VERY basics ideas of music theory - the author says, “Now you have everything you need to go out and write great songs.” Umm. No! I’m sorry to write a “poor” review, but the author specifically asks for honest feedback. So, there we go . . .

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  • M. J. Hader
  • 29-10-18

Narrator Doesn't Know Music

I'm not sure why this book is discussing theory in the first place, but I, IV, V chords should not be read as letters. They are Roman numerals, and should be read as numbers. It could only confuse a person new to music theory. Those that already know music theory likely think as I do that the narrator should have been informed about how to read that notation.

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  • PipMcKay
  • 08-09-16

Short but decent

I enjoyed have the book was structured. But I do wish it was longer with more examples. I would've liked some more breakdowns of actual popular songs and exercises to perform other than just a harmony and a simple poem. Would say it would be worth $1.50.

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  • Awekrk
  • 25-07-19

Narrator has no clue...

The narrator makes a lot of mistakes in reading the text which for an audiobook is a fatal mistake. I would ask for my money back.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-06-18

short but sweet!

This book had lots of good ideas and exercises to get you started on the bare bones basics of writing songs. It's a little too short for my tadtes but very useful!!!

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  • Dieter
  • 20-05-18

Great (and very short) introduction in songwriting

Great narration and written well. But really short and brief and mostly about writing lyrics. He goes blazingly fast over the other topics on writing a song (melody, chords, key, ...)

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  • Anthony
  • 02-03-18

Just didn't dig it much.

(13 yrs experience) was not impressed with the subject matter. would not recommend for purchase.

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  • ahmaan
  • 13-03-17

An Insightful Book For Beginner Song Writers

This book is a quick read, and detailed description of the way songs should be later out.

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  • Mark
  • 19-01-17

Short but sweet

Very nice introduction to songwriting... introduces all the theory and harmonic conventions to push those who have little to no experience forward. And for all levels, it's great to review the basics. The reader was clear and concise. Definitely worth the price of admission.