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God Songs
This instructional book by songwriters Paul Baloche and Jimmy and Carol Owens covers basic songwriting principles like how to develop a song after inspiration comes, 30 characteristics that make a song memorable, 16 shared qualities of great worship songs and 12 keys to unlock writer's block. You will also learn how to gain the listener's attention quickly, find fresh ways of expressing worship and choose just the right words. God Songs also contains advice on how to make your song its best before releasing it, how to get your songs heard and used by others, and ways to minister most effectively with your music. Song stories and advice from writers and publishers such as Darlene Zschech, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Bart Millard, Craig Dunnagan and Rita Baloche are also included. Softcover, 304 pages.
Webb brings his insiders knowledge, experience, and star power to the ultimate guide for aspiring songwriters. With a combination of anecdotes, meditation, and advice, he breaks down the creative process from beginning to endfrom coping with writers block, to song construction, chords, and even self-promotion. Webb also gives readers a glimpse into the professional music world.
Song from Heaven
Release the Song That God Has Placed in Your Heart

Did you know that every worshiper’s heart holds a song for which God eagerly listens? Whether you’re an experienced songwriter or a person who knows little about music but is touched by its power, your song has merit, even if God is the only One who ever hears it.

In the midst of our current worship awakening, God is poised to pour out His songs to those who are faithful and make themselves available. He wants to bless the nations and even you with the song He has placed in your heart.

Are you uncertain how to turn your heart of worship into melody? Worship leader and renowned songwriter Tommy Walker reveals the inspirational and instructional process of creating worship songs that bring honor and glory to God. Discover devotional thoughts that will help you find intimacy with God and the practical techniques for putting that intimacy into words, melody and eventually a song.
Successful Lyric Writing
"Here is your guide to the art and craft of writing words to and for music--and the only practical, self-contained lyric writing course available in book form. A sequel to noted songwriter-teacher Sheila Davis' The Craft of Lyric Writing, this workbook will give you a solid foundation of theory and new insights into the subtleties of craftsmanship, whether you're a new or professional songwriter and whether your targeted market is country, gospel, top-40 or theatre. Inside you'll find a series of ""student tested"" exercises, practice critiques and quizzes that reinforce songwriting theory each step of the way and prepare you for the book's main feature--ten specially designed lyric writing assignments.
Nashville Songwriting
Written by Jerry Cupit, this is the first songwriting book dedicated to songwriting the Nashville way. Written for the novice to the professional, the poet or songwriter, Nashville Songwriting examines the inner workings of the country music industry. The book describes in detail: song structure, lyric formation, musical ideas, the Nashville number system, as well as having music publisher and songwriter organization listings. With Nashville not only being the home of country music but also contemporary christian and rock and pop artists such as Peter Frampton and Michael McDonald, Nashville Songwriting is useful for any music genre. Jerry Cupit is an award winning songwriting, record producer, musician, and music publisher. Having more than 15 years of experience in the Nashville music industry, Jerry is considered an expert in his field. Jerry is also featured monthly in Music City News magazine, and has also been featured in American Songwriter Magazine as well as other publications. The book has also been endorsed by both BMI and ASCAP performing rights organizations and is recommended by both organizations to their songwriters.
The Craft of Lyric Writing
Successful author and songwriter, Davis provides a complete guide to writing words for and to music, showing how to create lyrics with universal appeal.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory
A music theory book that hits the high note …

This updated and expanded edition of The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Music Theory breaks down a difficult subject in a simple way—even for those who think they have no rhythm or consider themselves tone deaf. With clear, concise language, it explains everything from bass-clef basics to confusing codas. This new edition includes:
    -A brand-new CD
    -A comprehensive ear-training section
    -Musical examples of intervals, scales, chords, and rhythms
    -Aural exercises so readers can test their ear training and transcription skills
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Composition
Write the songs that make the whole world sing.

A step-by-step guide to writing music, this book shows musicians how to compose simple chord progressions and melodies, and leads them through more advanced compositional techniques and musical forms. Designed for composers of all types of music, it includes instruction on composing stand-alone melodies, using different scales and modes, themes and variations, orchestration, and composing for film, theater, and videogames.
    -Perfect complement to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music Theory and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Songwriting
    -Includes a comprehensive glossary of musical terms, as well as an appendix of various computer-based composition tools
    -Easy-to-use oversize trim
*Note from James -- I haven't seen this one recommended around the forum yet, but another book by this author (Idiot's Guide to Music Theory) was...this looks like it could be a good one.
The Songwriters Idea Book
40 strategies to excite your imagination, help you design distinctive songs, and keep your creative flow.  By Sheila Davis.
Mastering Audio, Second Edition
This book is for everyone who wants to increase their mastery of digital and analog audio: musicians, producers, A&R, mastering, recording and mixing engineers. It is suitable for levels of students and professionals. To master audio you must become a master of audio.
Songwriters on Songwriting
This expanded fourth edition of Songwriters on Songwriting includes ten new interviews--with Alanis Morissette, Lenny Kravitz, Lou Reed, and others. In these pages, sixty-two of the greatest songwriters of our time go straight to the source of the magic of songwriting by offering their thoughts, feelings, and opinions on their art. Representing almost every genre of popular music, from blues to pop to rock, here are the figures that have shaped American music as we know it.
Six Steps to Songwriting Success
In its First Edition, 6 Steps to Songwriting Success provided novices hoping to pitch their songs to artists other than themselves an easy to understand, step-by-step approach to mastering those elements consistently found in hit songs. Incorporating inspiring anecdotes from the author’s own success story and instructive quotes from music industry professionals, as well as 30 effective exercises for practicing, honing, and expanding one’s songwriting skills and helpful checklists for objectively accessing one’s strengths and weaknesses, the book offered a concise analysis of the six steps essential for songwriting success.

Updated, substantially revised, and expanded, the Second Edition increases the book’s relevance for performing songwriters writing primarily for themselves or their bands. The revision reflects industry changes since the First Edition, such as the advent of MP3s, the increase in music sampling, and the fact that CDs have replaced cassettes as the industry standard for presenting material. Fifteen new or significantly revised exercises are also included, as are new quotes from industry professionals. Finally, the Appendix has been completely updated to present the most comprehensive and up-to-date listing of songwriter resources available.
I Don't Need a Record Deal
Recommended by CSN member Redstone: "a great book about ways you can break into the music industry without being delusional."

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Please feel free to add your reviews, or reply with other books in this discussion thread -- I'll update the above list as needed.


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