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Old 03-31-2013, 10:46 PM   #1
brucerollo
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Songwriting books question

I was wondering if anybody has an opinion on good instructional books to help improve my skills. I just finished Rikky Rooksby's "Song Writing Sourcebook" and it really has helped me figure out how to write chord sequences and songs. I've written 5 songs since I've read that book a few months ago. I am a newb and just started doing originals a year ago. Has anybody read Rooksby's "How To Write Songs on Guitar"? It sounds like it could be redundant to what I"ve already read but I'm interested in feedback.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:30 AM   #2
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Hi. The answer to your question really depends on your current level of skill. Jimmy Webb's "Tunesmith" is a treasure chest, but could be over the heads of the beginner. Robin Frederick has written a couple of books that are clearly organized and general well thought of. It's been ages since I've looked at it, but Tommy Boyce wrote a book on hit songwriting. (check eBay for that one). To be honest, I hate most books on writing. They usually just wind up pissing me off. I suggest you go to an actual bookstore (or library), if you can find one. That way, you can flip through a stack of books before committing to any of them. Remember, there are a lot of bozos out there and many of them write books.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:05 PM   #3
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I have both Rikki books and they are different. The only one I didnt care for was the Riffs book.
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