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The Songwriter's Handbook [Paperback]

By Tom T. Hall, Jim Rearden, Jon Grudem, Mike Dougherty (Introduction by), Grant Bond (Illustrator), Gregory Volk, Open University (Corporate Author) & B. Teissier (Editor)
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The Songwriter's Handbook teaches the secrets of becoming a successful songwriter. "How can I find ideas for songs?" "What are the best ways to deal with a publisher?" "When I sell my song, how will I get paid?" A glossary of definitions and terms and more. Illustrated and indexed.

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"I remember when I first got to Nashville," says Tom T. Hall. "I would have like to have had a book like this. It would have saved me a lot of time finding answers to questions."

To help other songwriters, Tom T. Hall has put the answers in this book. "Songwriting is as much a craft as it is a talent," he says. "In order to write songs, you have to be able to recognize what a song is. You have to recognize the importance of something that is entertaining, and you have to say what you want to say very briefly."

In this down-to-earth handbook, the Storyteller teaches the secrets of becoming a successful songwriter. Among the important topics treated are:

  • What is a song and how will I know when I have one?
  • How can I find edeas for songs?
  • How do I combine words with music?
  • What is the Nashville music industry really like?
  • Definitions of terms and expressions used in the music business

"The Songwriter's Handbook" also includes stories of how he wrote some of his own hits, such as "I Flew Over Our House Last Night," "Ravishing Ruby," "I See," and "Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine." He analyzes the songs, showing how he uses his own rules for successful songwriting.

Included in the book are words and music to many of Tom T. Hall's most successful songs along with personal photos. An earlier version of "The Songwriter's Handbook" was published as "How I Write Songs; Why You Can"

Item Specifications...

Pages   164
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.22" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 19, 1987
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1558538607  
EAN  9781558538603  
UPC  031869008609  

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Short and Sweet  Mar 24, 2008
This Book is Short but oh so Sweet.
The little tid-bits of information and ways of how to go about putting words on paper that can set, at some times the world on fire, is straight from a man who has been there and done that...
I recommend it if nothing more than amusing your muse.
Great Work Tom!...
Too Simple.  Jul 6, 2000
The Songwriters handbook is an outstanding book all in all, over all.It just has one drawback that weighs the heightened excellency down...and that is the creativity point of view.Tom Hall does a wonderful job of explaining the different ways to approach and take up songwriting, but he also tends to pull your creativity out of you.I bought this book hoping it would help me make my lyrics more know, make you dig more to reveal the idea and point the song is trying to bring across.The songwriter's handbook wants you to make everything simple and clear.Besides that, this book is a goody.

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